Thursday, 15 February 2018

Smiles for Friday

I have had a few things to smile about this last week but no new photos. I posted in my last post about my class last Saturday and my Valentine makes.
It has been a good week. I have achieved a lot and spent some time with my friend , catching up and enjoying tea and scones. Also had a lovely Valentine's Day with DH - we had a yummy meal and fizz last night. Today we popped to Ikea - I needed another set of drawers for my cardstock, Also had some delicious soup there for lunch.
Just remembered a photo I can share, though apologise that it's not brilliant. Last weekend younger son and family went to elder son's home in Yorkshire - I love when they can all get together. Great that my granddaughters and grandsons get to spend time together. Well DH and I had to go and care for the Guinea pigs. They always make me smile. When they hear the fridge open - for me to get some of their food out - they squeak so much. I let them out while I was getting it ready and the one was practicaly following me around the kitchen. I told her she had better be careful or I would be treading on her  :-) I couldn't get a good photo but here they were tucking into the fresh hay, after they had eaten the vegetables they like best.
They are so cute - Chloe and Grace - my granddaughters wanted to be called those names when they were younger :-) and so they called their guinea pigs those names. :-)

I am joining in with Annie's Friday Smiles. Pop over and have a look at Annie's Blog and FB page she makes some lovely things. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018


The weeks are flying by so fast , Wednesday again!!!! Thank you for all the lovely comments last week.
I did manage to be ready for my class. Although a little nervous it went really well and everyone insisted they had a great time and it was fun trying something new.

I did clear up well after Saturday's class but then was creating again today - Valentine cards and treats - made a real mess :-)

Will put some photos after my desk - then you don't have to look if you don't want to :-)

I made a card for each of my grandchildren and some treat bags, same for DH and sent Mum an 'I love you card' and a few treats - hope it cheers her up.

The cards and bags above were for our grandsons - I forgot to photograph the girls cards and they have gone now.

Below is for for DH - I'm not sure I like it now but had no time left. I also decorated a box and put some chocolate hearts in for him.

So that's my desk. I will be round tomorrow to see what others have been up to. If you want to join in, please do - pop to Julia's Blog and see what it's all about.

So class last Saturday - we used Brushos. I'd heard of them but didn't know what they were. Stampin Up have them ( just five colours) so I decided to try them and do my class based on them.

Ready and waiting.

The ladies - there were six this time

My samples

I managed to get photos of four of the finished sets.

We had a lot of fun and I  think I will try and get some more colours and play some more.
Sorry it's a bit picture heavy but hope you've enjoyed looking.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018


It's that time again- visiting desks around the world - want to know more then pop over to Julia's Place and join in.
Thank you for all the lovely comments last time. I did visit everyone who commented, if I didn't return the compliment then it's because I wasn't able to - sorry.

Well I managed to get the gifts for the Baptism of my Great Nephew completed. I did mess up a little bit but couldn't put completely right without ruining it and I didn't have time to start again. :-(

We travelled to the Christening with my brother and his wife. It was in Greens Norton , Towcester. Lovely church and everyone was so welcoming. It was a lovely service , my nephew and his wife are members of the church so it was very personal. Afterwards there was a delicious lunch at the nearby Community Centre.

Sadly mum was not well enough to go. My brother's youngest son and family couldn't attend as one of them was ill. Our eldest son couldn't go either as he was On Call but my D.I.L. and grandsons were there along with our youngest son and family. All but one of mum's great grandchildren were there, she has 13 altogether and another due in May). We managed to get them altogether in one place for a photo - it is lovely.  I cannot share as some of the parents do not want their children's photo online - which of course is understandable. It was so good catching up with everyone.

The happy parents, my nephew, his wife and baby Noah.

Below is our eldest grandson Harry and another of my great nephews. Henry born last year.

My Great Niece Tabitha, with youngest grandson Sam and my youngest granddaughter Phoebe with her back to us.

So to my desk
I have been experimenting with Brushos - new to Stampin' Up! and me. I am hoping to use them with six ladies coming to craft on Saturday. However, so far I'm not loving my efforts :-(

Below is the start of one idea

A pile of experimenting :-)

One of the gifts for Noah, not the best photograph - the error I made was to put the 'F' and the '8' too near the edge so it was slightly covered . It was perfct otherwise though the photo doesn't do it justice.

I also made a Mini Album. It had places for writing, photographs, a verse from the Bible about children. I also wrote a message and a verse for Noah. There were also pockets with tags for adding photos etc. I used instructions on construction from Ann Melvin's Blog I googled for some ideas and it popped up and she had coincidentally used the same papers I was going to use :-) I did change things inside though. Ann makes some lovely things. 

I was very pleased with it and apparently so were Noah's Mummy and Daddy!!
Thanks for looking. I will be back to visit as many desks as I can.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Jems Blog Hop - Celebrating Love

 Well if I can remember how to link up I am joining in The Jems Blog Hop - Celebrating Love - well it is February

I did have lots of ideas that I wanted to try out but as usual I was pushed for time but didn't want to not join in - again.

My first offering is a card that I am going to send to my Mum. She is still in a Care Home 150 miles away from me - and exactly what happens next is uncertain but I won't see her before 14th Feb - Valentines Day so I thought I would send a card saying I love you and a little treat.

My photo is not the best, light was not very good. I have used the Painted With Love DSP from the Spring/ Summer Catalogue. The papers are stunning and photos really don't do them justice.  I stamped the heart and smaller hearts using Heart Happiness set and the Love You was from the Party Pandas Set - a free item from the Salebration Catalogue - when you spend £45. You can choose a free item with every £45 you spend.
The little treat box also uses the reverse of the paper on the card- it is quite tiny and will have two/three chocolate hearts in - mum doesn't eat much. The ribbon round it is actually the 1cm Shimmer Ribbon from the Annual Catalogue - I coloured with Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blends - new in the spring/Summer Catalogue.

 I closed it with the Gold Library Clips in Annual Catalogue. I also added an insert and strip of paper to the insert - forgot the photo.

The gorgeous Painted with Love Speciality Paper.

I also made a card that I think I will send to one of my grandchildren for Valentine's Day - with some treats!!!! I need to add a sentiment and an insert yet - ran out of time today.

I used a Black card base, Real Red and Whisper White layers .The hearts were cut using Sweet and Sassy Framelits from the Annual Catalogue. The Panda is from the Party Pandas Set free with an order of £45 - Salebration. Love this set. Very versatile.
Hope you've enjoyed a taster of just a small selection of  a great selection of Stampin ! Up products 
you could use to ' Celebrate Love' Hope to be back soon with some more!!!!

Next is the super talented Amanda at the Craft Spa

Tuesday, 30 January 2018


Hi there. My word the week has just flown by! Thank you to all who visited last week, I did try to visit everyone who called by. Last Thursday I managed to go to hairdressers- I'd had to cancel previous appointment and as I have a short style it needs trimming regularly to keep it in shape, and the grey was showing. However I'm getting fed up with the whole hair colouring performance. Plus I could spend more on crafting :-)

I had my Class on Saturday. Eight lovely ladies and lots of fun. I took one of them, Thelma (who is 83 and said she wasn't going to start a new hobby - and bought a Big Shot ) for lunch afterwards. She said she had enjoyed her day very much. I was pleased. She lives on her own, her husband died some time ago now and they had no children. She has friends but as she says a lot of them are poorly and she does a lot of visiting of those who are now in care or hospital. She has a nephew - sees him but not frequently. She really enjoys coming to craft.

Had an easy day on Sunday. Yesterday and today I have been working on some items for my Great Nephew's Baptism. Hopefully share next week.

In my previous post you can see the table set up ready to craft last Saturday, and my little display. It looks a lot different today :-) not going to show you the rest of the table or room lol

Well that's it for this week. I will link up tomorrow with  Julia's Blog to have a snoop at desks around the world - such fun. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Craft Class with Friends

Had a wonderful time on Saturday sharing my love of Stampin' Up! and crafting with my friends. Eight lovely ladies came to a class to join in the fun. I'm afraid I didn't get chance to take photos of the ladies this time ( but you can see them in a post in December when I did an All Day Craft Day
These ladies , my friends ( we are always happy to welcome newcomers, any ability and we are very friendly )  now come once a month to my home and we have such fun. I will post our makes tomorrow.

Above waiting for the ladies to arrive.

The three photos above are some examples / and stamp sets etc showcasing new Stampin Up goodies.

Friday, 26 January 2018

A Smile for Friday

Wanted to join in with Annie's - A smile for Friday but didn't really have any photos of any note. I was smiling on Thursday after managing to get my hair done - I'd hhad to cancel previous appointment when I had my 'funny tummy' :-) so I feel much better now it's done. Also managed to purchase one or two items I've been after. Also smiling as I am more or less ready for my Craft Class tomorrow. 
As I said no photos to go with all the above but below is an ATC I did for a swap and it made me smile and also I managed to complete the one below, and post to my Great Niece, Isobel who is eleven today!! 

Smiles for Friday

I have had a few things to smile about this last week but no new photos. I posted in my last post about my class last Saturday and my Valent...