Friday, 20 July 2018

Catching Up

I have been neglecting my blog lately  - for a number of reasons  - mainly because of my increasing health issues and also because my laptop is sadly on the way out.  I did think that I might replace it but it's a big investment and I'm wondering whether it's just as good blogging on my tablet.  So  here I am  on my tablet blogging and so far  it's  ok!
Crafting has taken a back seat too  - it's frustrating knowing that just a couple of years ago I was able to craft all day and run a crafting business. Now I'm lucky to be able to make one card a week and more often than not it's weeks between crafting sessions. Time management is not one of my strong points and although I'm having a week off work at the moment I've only managed to get in a little crafting. I've managed to reorganise my desk area and surrounding space so that it's easier to craft so now it's time to get down to some serious work before time runs out again!

The card I have to show you today is one I made a little while ago for a work colleague who was  turning 18. It's made using Perennial Birthday which is one of my new favourites from the new catalogue. I love wreath style cards too and this one turned out really well if I do say so myself . Have a look and tell me what you think 


If anyone has any useful tips for time management and organising please do leave a comment  - I will be eternally grateful!!

Thanks for being here and  reading my post today  - see you soon xxx 

Friday, 13 April 2018

A Little Toucan

I have a challenge card for you today. It's for the "Things With Wings" challenge over on 

I used the Bird Banter stamp set from the latest Stampin' Up mini catalogue as I'm ashamed to say that I haven't used yet! It's a lovely set with exotic birdies and branches and it's perfect for colouring in .
Here's my card 


This is a teeny tiny note card (also from the mini catalogue) and I've stamped my branches directly on to the card. The toucan was stamped separately, coloured and cut out. He was also treated to a layer of crystal effects glue to make him lovely and shiny. He was then popped on with dimensionals and the sentiment was added too. 

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon  - J xxx 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Pretty Blue Muscari

So I was standing at my kitchen window looking out and I spied some tiny Muscari flowers framed beautifully against an old wooden sleeper. 
The garden is terraced with sleepers as it's very steep and there is a layer of pebbles to stop the weeds - only it doesn't really work and loads of things keep coming up including the aforementioned Muscari. They did look very pretty though and inspired my card making today  - take a look 


For my background I used Crumb Cake ink and the large Hardwood stamp. I then used the Tranquil Tulips set and the little stamps from that to create my Muscari. There are lots of leaves and spikey grass bits to use too. It's a very clean and simple card and I may add a sentiment later or I may just leave it as it is. 

Hope you like my card today  - see you soon - J xxx 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Playing and Planning

It's been a jolly long time since I last blogged,  my health has not been good lately and it's taken me a long time to get over my bout of flu. It really messed with my fibro and I've found that just getting to work and back has been enough and the inclination to craft is only just coming back. 
Therapy comes in all sorts of ways and I've found that my planner has been invaluable. It helps keep me organised and is also a place to dump all my ideas and dreams . It's a place to doodle and while away the hours planning and organising how my time will be spent when I get to craft again .
Today I have my weekly layout to show you  - before the pen as they say  - take a look 


It's mostly in pink this week which is my favourite colour with a little stamping thrown in for good measure! I've used Stampin Up Perennial Birthday which also happens to be one of my favourite sets at the moment. 

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to customise my things . Bags, phones purse  - I love to add charms,  clips and colour to anything . So of course customising and personalising my planner is a must . Today I made a little garland of flowers to clip on to my Travelers Notebook when it arrives.  I ordered it just over a week ago and I think I still have another week or so to wait  - it's excruciating!! Anyhoo my flower garland is made of felt  - take a look 


I followed a tutorial on YouTube and for a first attempt I don't think this is too bad. 

Ok that's it for now  - my wrist is hurting from holding my tablet  - I hope to be back here soon and I hope that you will be too.

See you soon  - J xxx 

Monday, 29 January 2018

Pop Out Swing Card

Today's card is another fancy fold - a Pop Out Swing Card.
Here's how it started


To get to this stage I followed Amanda's tutorial

Here are some more views



To decorate it I cut a frame from Whisper White card stock and also a mat for the swing out middle


I then decorated them using Blooms and Wishes stamp set and attached them to my card


I also used my leaf punch to add to the middle design which was attached using Dimensionals.

Hope you like my card today - see you soon - J xx


Sunday, 28 January 2018

Fancy Fold Bridge Card Tutorial

Today's card is a Bridge Card - I would also like to share with you how I made it. Here is a small tutorial.

I took a piece of coloured card sock and scored it into three equal sections. The two outside sections were also scored down the middle - all were creased with a bone folder. White card stock was cut to fit each section. 
The images from Climbing Orchid were stamped, coloured, die cut and assembled. A branch from Seasonal Layers was also die cut. 
The white card stock was stamped with the Hardwood stamp and the edges sponged.
This was done with Crumb Cake ink and Early Espresso.
The pieces were stuck down. 
The orchid images were arranged and stuck down.
A piece of card stock was attached to the card which enables the card to stand up. The strip is the length of the card when one of the side panels has been folded in. This means that it folds flat for posting. 
More orchids were assembled to decorate the side panels. 

A sentiment was added to finish off the card.


This card is being entered into the challenge over at

Make My Monday
Fancy Folds.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon - J xx







Friday, 26 January 2018

Hug in a Mug

Unfortunately this little set retired with the start of the new Spring/Summer Mini but when I saw the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week I knew I had to get it out again for an encore.


H|ere is my card



My three beverages were stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock. They are a two step stamping set so the solid middles of the mugs were also stamped and the decoration was then added. This ensures that there are many combinations to these images.

The images were cut out and attached to the banner.

I am also entering this card into the challenge over at

The Paper Players

Thank yo so much for visiting today - see you soon - J xx

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Stampin' Up News

In October of this year Stampin' Up celebrates it's 30th birthday. That's 30 years of bringing us quality stamps and products. Products that you can find today in the current catalogues.

Main Catalogue
These products are available throughout the Stampin' Up year and can be ordered any time.

Spring/Summer Mini
These products are available from January to the end of May.

Sale-a-bration
This offer is only on from January to March and only available to purchase with a qualifying order of £45 or more.

All the products can be viewed in my online shop

All items ordered can be sent direct to your home (p+p £4.95) anywhere in the country.

So - what are you waiting for????
My order went in earlier today for new Spring/Summer items and I was able to add 2 free Sale-a-bration items to my order - roll on next week that's all I say!!
The flu is well on the way out and my first shift back at work is Wednesday so I'm hoping my order arrives early next week!!!!

So if you have read this far - thank you!
I shall be back soon with more crafting very soon. 
Bye for now - J xx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Home

Today's card is very clean and simple - take a look


I used Hometown Greetings Thinlits dies to create this card attaching them over a sponged circle. A sun was added along with some smoke from the chimneys. A portion of one of the sentiments from the Hometown Greetings stamp set was added in Pumpkin Pie ink to finish the card off.

This card is being entered into the following challenges




Thanks for stopping by today - still feeling rough from the flu but I think I'm on the mend - see you soon - J xx

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Pretty Flamingo

So the flu is still rampaging but I do feel marginally better and mum is out of hospital so things are looking up!
The card I have for you today features my beautiful Fabulous Flamingo - take a look


My background was created by swiping a baby wipe and ink over my Whisper White card stock. I then stamped my grass and sponged the bottom of that to make a little piece of land. Finally I stamped my flamingo.

I am entering my card into the challenge over at


I'm off now to order some goodies from the new Spring/Summer mini catalogue and hopefully qualify for some free Sale-a-bration items on the way!!!

See you soon - J xx