Saturday, 15 December 2012

A Anything Goes Birthday at Sparkles Monthly Challenges

Well it has been a wee while since I posted, things have been a tad busy.  However we have a very special Challenge this month over at Sparkles Monthly Challenges as its out 2nd Birthday!  
We have a anything goes theme!  
We are sponsored by 

I had a early christmas present from my hubby the very wonderful book
 I so wanted to sew some thing other than Christmas goodies so I had a bash at one of the 
patterns in the book 
Here is my Hedgie mobile phone case made of felt from the 
fabulous Felt Fairy

Thats it for now as I have to dash but please take a look at the challenge you have a month to make some thing fabulous and we would love to come see what you have made!

Catch you all soon 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Christmas Wreath Tutorial

Hi all I thought I would do a quick little Christmas wreath tutorial for you.
 The pictures aren't great as the light is so terrible but I hope you will get the gist of it as you go along.

This is what I hope your wreath will look like once its done, or of course you can add your own decorations.

What you will need


  • A polystyrene wreath, I got mine from The Range it was 99p for 2 at the time Bargain!
  • Fabric glue or A good pva glue. 
  • Felt - I have used Red Green and White all from the fabulous Felt Fairy
  • Sharp scissors
  • Pins and decorative tipped pins
  • Thread in green for holly
  • Pen and paper or a small holly template

Cut your Strips of Felt, you want to make sure that they fit around the wreath hoop with enough for one end to cover the other.  Depending on what size hoop you buy creat your first piece then use this to cut the rest.  This is a brilliant way to use up scraps of felt or fabric!

Wrap each piece around your hoop on a slight angle this will help keep the pieces nice flat and in place.  Once you have each piece in place, use some glue to stick the feltand then pin.  The pin will help keep the piece in place as the glue dries.

Continue to work your way around the hoop until you are all glued and pined. Then set to one side to dry.
 You should then have some thing that looks like this when you have finished 

Whilst your wreath is drying you can work out what you would like to decorate it with.  I decided to go with roses and holly leaves.  I  drew my own holy template and cut out some green holly shapes, then I did a little bit of stitching to create the appearance of creases in the holy.

The Roses are really simple to make you cut out a circle and then cut around and around to create a snake like piece of felt then roll up and glue as you go to create the circle affect. There are dies out there that do the same cut or plenty of tutorials online.  Here is one I have found for you,
The Pretty Poppy
 It just so happens that they are for a beautiful wreath!

When your wreath is dry remove all the pins that have kept everything in place.
Then decorate with your roses and holy leaves
I have used dress pins with red and white heads for the centre of my roses, this keeps them in place but I have used glue to secure them and the leaves too.

I added a little piece of ric rac in a loop so that the wreath can be hung on walls or doors.
The ric rac is secured with pins so can be changed to a longer piece, smaller piece.

I have seen some gorgeous wreaths online
check out these links to get some more fab ideas
The Craft Shop
Glee and Cakes
Little snippets Blog

I hope you have enjoyed my quick little tute if you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave a comment and I will get back to you asap.

Thanks for popping by

Monday, 12 November 2012

Busy Chrirstmas Bee

Hi all these past few weeks I have been busy sewing, rag wreathing and snowman soup a making, all ready for Christmas.  I do love this time of year and I think I must spend all of October and November creating Christmas goodies I cant believe some people start in July! 

My 2 lovely friends Emma and Shona introduced me to rag Wreathing and I am totally hooked!  It did take me at least 3 attempts to get it just the way I like it, they might be rags but they have to still look nice and presentable.  So here are my wreaths that I am selling this Christmas.

If you fancy having a go at making these then there are lots of tutorials online to follow and utube videos.  But be warned when you start you may not want to stop!

Catch you all soon with a new challenge over at 
Sparkles monthly challenges

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Penguin Cuteness

Paper craft inspirations is out again this month with some very festive ideas which are both cute and some more traditonal.  As always the printables are available online the papercraft inspriations website where you can download them for freeeeeeeee

This month I had the opportunity to work with the gorgeous and very cute Penguins!  I chose to make a easel card, I added flowers with snowflakes in the middle to give it a festive feel.  I am not one for traditional colours at Christmas so I used pink and blue.  I have used vellum for the hills as well as some of the decoration.  Making the mini bunting is so easy with scraps of paper and some twine.

Thanks for popping by I hope to be able to catch up with some blogs soon, its half term here so we are busy out and about.


Monday, 15 October 2012

Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Halloween

Afternoon all.  We have a new challenge this month over at  

Yep its nearly that time of year again when the pumpkins come out, kids get dressed up and we have trick or treaters at the door.
I am not a big Halloween fan, so for this theme I did a friendly felt bat who is called Stitch

He isnt scary and my son loves him, I created the pattern myself and then stiched him up, the wings can fold over his face for sleepy time 

If you would like to join our challenge this month then you could be in with the chance of winning some lovely digi images from  

If you would like some more inspiration then hop on over to the Blog and check out the other DT's fab work.  We are a multi crafts challenge blog so your make doesnt have to be a card it can be anything.

See you soon 

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Paper Craft Inspirations - Santa

Morning all, the new issue of Paper Craft Inspirations came out just over a week ago, it has a fab freebie as always and dont forget that you can go to the paper craft inspirations website to download fab digi images templates and lots more!

For this issue I tested the gorgeous Santa Digi's and they are FAB they print beautifully although I did add a little extra shading with my Pro Markers.  If you arent confident with stamping and want to make some gorgeous cards with a Santa theme then this is the digi for you.

I kept my make clean and simple as the image really does all the work, I added presents to santas sack by slitting a line and then adding some little bits of card with twine wrapped around.  Glamour dust always adds a special touch.  And of course if you know me you know I adore retro spot so had to add a bit of that paper this time.

Go check out the website as there really are some fab ideas there as well as in the Mag.
catch you all soon 

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Christmas Hearts

So carrying on the Christmas decoration theme I made these lovely little hearts.  I have made them before for valentines but thought this time I would add a little Christmas touch.  They would look perfect on a tree or dotted around the house maybe on door handles.

 Large hearts
Mini hearts.

The felt I use is by the Felt Fairy she has her own fantabulous blog, a ebay and online store go check out her blog for more details, I can highly recomend her, her service is fantastic and she is one of the most helpful people I know when it comes to felt buying!

If you would like to purchase any of my decorations or get regular updates you can find all my goodies over HERE on my face book page.

Catch you very soon with a Paper Craft Inspirations Catch up

Monday, 24 September 2012

Preparing for Christmas

Yes its nearly that time of year again, the shops have started to put their Christmas stock out!  So this year I have got a little head start on my Christmas decorations as I spent long into December still sewing them last year! 

Here is a piccy of what I have so far
Christmas Puds and Ginger bread men

For the guinea pig fans the Angel piggys are back, of course they can be used all year round
There are more to come everything has been cut ready to sew but my little hands can only do so much.

Catch you again soon 

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Away With the Fairies

Good morning, today its the start of a brand new challenge for 

This month the theme is 

Away With The Fairies 

And we are sponsored by the lovely Di of

She is offering our lucky winner $10 worth of fab digi's!

So here is my Make for this months challenge, as we are a multi craft challenge blog I decided to use a 
Lili of the Valley Fairy image on a Candle.

here is the candle out of its gift wrap

And here is the other side of the candle a little message also a stamp from Lilli of the Valley

If you would like to know how to use stamped images on candles then check out my tutorials page there are some photo instructions there.  Check the menu out along the top of this page.

As always you have one month to enter our challenge it can be any craft not just a card, if you would like some more inspiration then please check out what the other girls have done via our challenge blog


Friday, 31 August 2012

Jam Filled sweetness

Good afternoon everyone, guess what its sunny here woop woop! 
 Just had to share as we don't see it often!

Back to business this month in the fabulous Paper Craft Inspirations Magazine issue 104 my tester project had a Jam theme.  As soon as I saw the pictures I was in awe of the creations and ideas that the Angela Came up with.  Some ideas using buttons and the most gorgeous papers ever!  So after I had dug around in my paper stash and embellishment stash this is what I came up with.....

The papers are all by Jillibean soup - coconut soup rage, As is the sentiment which is from sentiment stickers set.  I have also used A martha stewart doily lace punch.  A miranne creatables die for tag and the ribbon is from my stash.  The twine is SU and I believe the Embossing folder I used was by Papermania.  Everything else was from my stash.
If you would like to buy these fabby papers then go check out Sarahs Cards LTD but be ware as there are so many other tempting goodies there, speedy delivery too!

Thanks so much for popping by.


Challenges I would Like to enter with this card are:
Cute Card Thursday - Faux or real stitching - around one rectangle
Whoopsi Daisy Challege - 2 pattened papers- green gingham and strawberry
Craft Your Passion - Emboss it - 1 rectangle element of card

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Big Burger Invite

This month for Paper Craft Inspirations Magazine we had a fab theme of 'cards for men' they arent your usual car or golf type!  We worked around the Bar B Q theme which is such a great idea and so easy to do, if you get the magazine or have a copy you will get the templates inside to use there are some fab examples of other cards made using the templates by the other paper craft testers. 

So to make my card a little different I thought I would make a little burger invite, there are so many bar b q's going on this summer (what we have of a summer) that some slightly different party invites were ideal.

You can adapt the card for any situation you could even make it a giant burger and add some more layers!  Using ribbon is a fantastic idea for lettuce,  it was a way to use some of the green ribbon I have in my stash!

So there we have it a Buger themed invite for a Lads Bar B Q or maybe just for some one who loves burgers!

Catch you all soon 


Saturday, 18 August 2012

CYDA - Anything Goes & Farewell

Its a sad time for us at craft your days away blog as this is out very last challenge.  We have decided to draw the challenge blog to a close.  I for one have enjoyed it, I was there from the start and with the previous blog so it has been a long stint for me which has been brilliant.  I would just like to say thanks to Joanne and to all the other teamies past and present, its been fab working with you and getting to know some of you.

So with this being our last ever challenge we thought we would do a Anything Goes Theme
We have a fabulous prize for the winner go check out the blog for more details.

I chose to make a card with my favourite papers, it took me a wee while to get hold of them and when I did I really didnt want to use them however I thought this would be a fitting challenge to use them on .

As always our challenge blog has a anything works theme so it doesnt have to be a card it can be anything you choose, the dt have created some goregeous goodies for you to look at so please go take a look and get some crafty inspiration.

Catch you all soon

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Sparkles Monthly Challenges - Nature

Good morning all, I hope you are enjoying the summer holidays so far, its been jam packed full of activities for us and I have found it very hard to sit down and do any crafting, roll on September !!!

This months challenge over at Sparkles monthly challenges follows the theme of Nature.  So for this challenge I have made a simple decoupage card with a gorgeous little fox on the front.

Everything on the card except the ribbon, card and gems is from the Neighbourwood Range which I adore, I have bought the papers and stamps as they are adorable.

If you would like to take part in our challenge then you have a whole month to do so and you are in with the chance of winning some fab prizes this time around you could win £5 spend in digital delights online store and a £10 spend at lilli of the valley fab prizes I think you will agree.

So get on over to the blog and check it out now you will find the other dt pieces there to help give you some inspiration 

Catch you all soon 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Beautiful Balloons

Afternoon all, its a gorgeous sunny day here and we are hoping it is going to stay this way for the weekend as the international balloon fiesta will be happening !!!  The balloons usually come over our house and we have seen lots of shapes in previous years.  This year we are looking forward to seeing woody the wood pecker and action man as well as lots lots more!

So with the balloon fiesta nearly here I wanted to show you some cushion covers that I made a special young man a few weeks ago.  The fabric was given to me by a lovely lady by the Name of Dee and is absolutely gorgeous the quality is lovely.

I made envelope style so it is easy to take out the pads and wash and pop back on.  I added a little ribbon detail to the corner as well just to add some thing different.

Dont forget that craft your days away challenge is still happening and we have a olympic theme scroll down to read more of the details about our sponsor this fortnight.

Catch you all soon

Saturday, 4 August 2012

CYDA - Olympics

This fortnight we have a Olympic theme over at craft your days away, so if you have some fab images of anything olympic related then this is the challenge for you.  If you need some inspiration go check out the blog and see what the other dt have come up with!

This fortnight we are sponsored by the fabulous bugaboo digi stamp store, you could be the lucky winner of their fab prize so please do get involved.

Here is my take on this challenge I went with the Rowing theme one of my favourite parts of the olympics.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with, and dont forget we are a multi craft challenge blog so you can make anything as long as it fits the theme.


Saturday, 21 July 2012

CYDA - Shades of Grey + another colour

Hi a brand new challenge is upon us for craft your days away, the theme this fortnight is
 Shades of Grey Plus One other colour
This fortnight we are sponsored by the lovely Pretty Little Ribbon Shop 
Go check out the prize on our page its gorgeous!

here is my Take on this fornights Challenge and I cant say its been easy I found this one very tricky so tried to keep it simple as possible.

A little note-let I think i will make a few more and then I will have a nice little set.
I have used nesties, a die from Paper Mania, and the papers are from the papermania range too I think, Gems and ribbon from my stash.

Dont forget we are a multi craft challenge blog so your make doesnt have to be a card, infact go check out the dt and see what they have made!

Have a great day all!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Schools Out for summer!

Hoorah for the holidays!  6 weeks of not having to sort out 3 children in record time and no having to wash or sort uniforms!  
Last week I managed to whip up some last minute teachers cards, the ones in the shops werent really that good and then there is the price of them, when you have so many teachers to buy for the pennies soon mount up!
So here are a few of the ones I made.
Simple apple using a template, with I think some stampin up papers a bit of twin and some other bits and bobs some nice clean and simple cards.  I think they suit the men and the ladies.

Right must dash will be back tomorrow with CYDA challenge.


Sunday, 15 July 2012

Sparkles Monthly Challenges - Wedding

This month we have a wonderful 
Over at Sparkles monthly challenges, the lucky winner of the draw will win a fab $10 spend in
She has soooo many gorgeous designs to choose from!

Here is my take on this months theme
The papers are from a Tatty Teddy freebie paper pack, the image is lili of the valley as is the sentiment stamp the ribbon is from my stash the flowers are from wild orchid crafts, the pearls are from carols crafts.  I have coloured with pro markers, glamour dust on the flowers and wedding dress and I have stamped the sentiment out with gold ink.  I used nestie and sizsix dies for the die cuts.

If you would like to take part in this challenge and need some inspiration then hop on over to the sparkles monthly challenges blog and check out the other dt's amazing work.


Saturday, 7 July 2012

CYDA - Doilies and Lace

Hi there everyone!  Sorry its been so long again since I last posted still mad busy here, so looking forward to the summer holidays when things will calm down again!

This fortnight we have a brand new challenge over at Craft Your Days Away and the theme for this fortnight is
You have the chance to win some gorgeous goodies if you take part this time around go check out the blog for more details.

Here is my take on this challenge
Outside the card which can also have another sentiment added like happy birthday or some thing else
Inside the card, blank ready for a message
These stamps are gorgeous and guess what they were Freeee with a magazine.  I coloured them with pro markers.  The papers were also a freebie from a magazine a while ago they are from the tatty teddy range.  I used my nesties for the die cuts. pearls lace and doilie are from my stash as are the flowers.

Look forward to catching up with your blogs

Sunday, 24 June 2012

CYDA - Teddy Bears

Hi all the sun is actually shining here and I am supposed to be getting read to go off for hubby's graduation, so will be quick!  We have a brand new challenge over at Craft Your Days Away and the theme is 
we are sponsored by the fabulous 
whose images are brilliant to work with!

Here is my make for this challenge, the template is from a online source here is the printable PDF, its a very easy make that I have adapted to work with  felt and I have added my own little touches.
Here is  Beauregard Bear

Craft your days away is a multi craft challenge blog so it doesn't have to be a card, go check out the other wonderful dt makes that are there to inspire you!

Catch you soon

Friday, 15 June 2012

Sparkles Forum Challenges - Summer Fun

Hello all, yes dazie is actually posting on her blog eeeeek.  
Things have been so very busy here with 2 of my children about to start new schools one of which is a secondary school plus all of the other bits of life that happen a long the way so forgive me for not keeping up with things very well I shall resume proper blogging when things settle down a bit.

Here is this months make for Sparkles Monthly challenges. 
 The theme this month is 

 This month we are sponsored by the oh so fabulous 
They are giving our lucky winner a £10 spend in their online store.

For this card I used some lovely freebie papers froma  magazien, the brad, twine ribbon and card is all from my stash. I used pro markers on the edges of my card as well as some blending chalks.
If you would like to make a pin wheel there are many tutes online just google How to Make a Pin Wheel.

Thanks so much for popping by 

Saturday, 26 May 2012

CYDA - Red White and Blue

Well hello everyone isn't this weather just lovely!  I am not surprised if crafting takes a back seat whilst you are out enjoying the glorious weather.  However if you find yourself needing some thing creative to do then why not get involved with this fortnights challenge over at Craft Your Days Away.  
The theme this fortnight is:

This fortnight we are sponsered by One Stop Card Crafts who are offering our winner a £10 voucher to spend in their online store.

As you may be aware we are a multi crafts challenge blog so your make doesn't have to be a card, go check out the other Dt's fab makes which include a gorgeous pair of shoes!!!

Here is my take on this fortnights theme broaches, one for the jubilee and one for every day wear :)

Right time to go and enjoy that sunshine I think!

Have a lovely weekend all

Friday, 18 May 2012

Sweet Dreams......

Hi all just thought I would do a quick post of a little felt set I made last week.  
The gorgeous pattern is by Ginger Melon if you haven't already been to her blog/fb group/etsy store then its a MUST!  

Right I am off have a lovely weekend all and catch you next week!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Sparkles Forum Challenges - Get Well Soon

Morning, I hope the sun is shining where ever you are today.  Its the 15th of May which means its another brand new month for Sparkles Monthly Challenges.  
The theme this month is:

Get Well Soon

This month we are sponsered by
Di's digi downloads  our winner will win a $10 spend in their online store.  

I do find get well soon cards difficult so wanted to stick to some thing very simple and cheerful so here is my make for this months challenge

 The papers are a freebie from Simple Home made Magazine I believe it was last months issue and the ribbon was from the same freebie set as the papers.
The flowers are from various suppliers.
The sentiment is American Crafts and the gems are from paper mania.

So there nice clean and simple, if you fancy joining us at Sparkles Monthly challenges then go check out the blog you will find some gorgeous examples from the other dt.

 Right I must dash off to finish some sewing I hope you all have a great day!


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Sewing Sunday

Hi all isnt it a beautiful day?  The sun is shining and I have managed to get nearly all my washing done!  The guinea pigs are out mowing the lawn and I have been able to get a bit of crafting done.  So now I have a bit of spare time I thought I would do a little catch up on some of the sewing crafts I have been working on.

First of all I have had this gorgeous fabric for a little while and thought maybe it was time to use a little bit, so I made this cushion cover which I am very pleased with.

I thought it was about time I had some thing to store my crochet hooks in as well as a pair of scissorts so set to work creating a template that worked for me and then made this.  It took a couple of attempts to get it how I wanted it.  I will hopefully be making more to sell soon.  Note the Kath Kidston strawberry fabric, how I brought myself to cut into it is beyond me I love it!

Some key rings that I made a little while back, westie and guinea pig themed.

And this gorgeous little softie from a lovely pattern by ginger melon.

Thanks so much for popping by and I promise to catch up with your blogs this week!


Saturday, 12 May 2012

CYDA - All Creatures Great And Small

I know I know I am a terrible blogger lately!  I seem to only be posting challenges and not much else but I promise to try and sort myself out and get more organised!  I have so much to show but not a lot of time to write up about it!

Any way I have made a few cards this week one of which is for a brand new challenge over at 
this fortnight the theme was chosen by me and I chose

All Creatures Great And Small 

Our sponsor for this challenge is Meljens Designs which are amazing and each of our dt members have used a Meljens image so check out the challenge blog for some inspiriation and Meljens store to stock up on some lovely digi stamps!

Here is my creation 

I used pro markers to colour, pearls to decorate, the papers are a freebie from a magazine, I think some of the flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts and some are from Duck Pond Crafts, sentiment is a craft work cards and the all other items are from my stash.

I look forward to seeing what you all make when I pop over to your blogs.

Enjoy the sunshine!