Sunday, 25 December 2011


Hello one and all Happy Cristmas to all my Blogging friends.
Sorry I have not been aroud the last few weeks but I was off line and not a happy bunny. But I am back and have some photos of some Christmas projects I have done.

Each year for the last 10 years I have bought a new snow man to add to my collection this years addition to the family is the one in front of the O of SNOW - the S N O W letters are a new addition too, and are from The Craft Shop Online.

Two of the batch cards I made this year using stamps from The Craft Shop Online item 24-111 Christmas Eliments Stamps £ 3.90 page 163. Tim Holtz Distress inks and Martha Stewart Pine Needles Edge Paper Punch 42 40005 .

Have a Happy Christmas On and all - Lets hope it's a good one without any tears. Hope Santa brings you all lots of lovely suprises.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Thursday, 1 December 2011

1st December!!!!!!

Hello, how did it get to the 1st December!!!

Here is a door sign I made recently for my craft room door using TH distress inks, and various stamps, and bits from my craft stash.

thanks for looking

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Handmade Christmas Decorations

Good morning

Christmas will be here before we know it, so time is precious and so is money! here are some decorations I made for the tree at the Craft Shop at Lady Green Garden Centre where I work, all made with paper. I have always enjoyed quilling so I had a go at using some Paper star paper from The Craft Shop online.

I think they have turned out ok.

Have a lovely Wednesday whatever you do.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Early Bird catches the worm

Morning all, up early looking forward to another day at work. Couple of things to sort out before I go - hence the early start, and still keeping to my promise to blog every day for seven days. Hope you all have a happy MmWwaA.

This is a frame I altered a couple of months ago for a lovely friend, the frame was from B&M discount stores and cost £3.99 I used some of my favorite Dylusions paints from a range designed exclusively for Art from the Heart by Dyan Reaveley to decorate it. I also used some of my favorite word stamps. I hope you like it.

Have a great Tuesday whatever you do

Monday, 28 November 2011

Monday madness

Hi all I still can not work out why blogger did not like my photo of my broaches, but that is sorted now.

Blogger has let me upload this lovely photo - YAY!!!! so hope I don't have any more problems as I have lots of things to show you this week.

This photo is of some swans at Martin Mere a couple of weeks ago. I love the gracefulness of Swans. It was a lovely Autumn afternoon spent with Anna & Robert my two lovely kids - they are both keen photographers with super cameras - I took this with my point and shoot cheep camera - and love the result. I hope you like them too.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sunday Post (with photos sorry) all sorted

Almost did not make it to blog today. but hey ho I'm here and have some Knitting to show you. Hope you like these flower broaches they were fun to make, and a good way to use up odd bits of wool and buttons from my button box.

All sorted - don't ask me how - it just fixed itself - was thinking I was going a bit madder than I am - I tried all ways with the photo last night - so pleased the problem is now sorted.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

7 days of blogging - I hope

I am going to try and blog each day now for the next 7 days.


Amy Shaw, Lemon Drizzle cake & Reindeer

Where I work in The Craft Shop at Lady Green Garden Centre, it was very busy today. We were lucky to have Amy Shaw in the shop, she came to do a day of Demos; she is lovely. Amy did some gorgeous Christmas cards using Woodware stamps and the crafty edger punches.” Something I must put on my Christmas list.” Mmmmm - Note to self (Must start using some of my craft purchases in the New Year!!!!!) Lemon Drizzle cake was the cake of the day,

it seemed to go down well.

The main shop was very busy too with the Grotto opening – Santa arrived with real reindeer , they were sooo cute and soft. The queue to see Santa was 2 hours at one point so we had a lot of Mums popping into the shop! While Dads and Nans stood in the queue.

Looking forward to a quiet Sunday.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Good News

I will be back blogging very soon - watch this space - thank you for being patient with me

Sunday, 13 November 2011

We will remember them

(photo taken on Holy Island June 2011)

"When we bow our heads in reflection, we remember those who fought for our freedom during the two World Wars, but we also mourn and honour those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts."

Saturday, 1 October 2011

October where did that 9 months go

Hello to my blogging friends - thanks for popping by. How did it get to October!!

It is a couple of weeks since I was at the Loving Ink retreat at The Beamsley Project, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, with all these lovely crafty ladies. It was a fantastic weekend run by Janet and Michelle. With lots of time to craft and share ideas, there was lovely food too thanks to Andy and Emma.

I got lots of lovely projects done.

As an Ice breaker Janet and Michelle gave us a Gate!!!! from Poundland to alter. You can see theirs on their blogs. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this and getting my crative juices going.

Welcome to my Steampunk Garden

Flower made with the Tattered Flower Tim Holtz Die

Manequin rubber stamp with some watch parts added.

Butterflies from steampunk Graphic 45 papers

Tim Holtz Trinket Pins and Graphic 45 papers from Art from the heart

I am pleased with this project I hope you like it.

Thanks for popping by, it is almost the 2nd or October!!!!! night night - or good morning.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


Good Morning all, thanks for popping by today. Hope you are all well today, and you have not been blown away with all the winds we have been having this week. Last weekend was a very busy one. Friday, I travelled to Skipton to pick up my lovely friend Janet for a crafty weekend. We stopped off at Scotch corner for a rendezvous with two lovely friends. Singing to Shania Twain all the way. We were on our way to Washington Services to meet up with some lovely docrafts crafty friends for a pre weekend meal.

We have met for the last 4 years, at first we all met on the Docrafts ATC Forum but a lot of us now only make them to swap at meets, we have moved on to other crafts and a lot of us now Blog.
We met up on Saturday morning at a village hall from all over the country, some travelling many miles to be there some a few more than needed less said about that the better. We arrived just in time to sing Happy Birthday to Yvonne . There were demonstrations including, foiling, Ribbon and Paper flower making, colouring with pro markers, and distress ink techniques. Lots of chat, ((HUGS)) I think some people got some crafting done!!!!! I always love catching up with people and chatting. For most people the Lunch of the day was Fish and Chips from a local Shop (thanks to the organizers husband) Keith always does such a good job. Carole (the organizer) always does such an amazing job of making sure the day runs very smoothly. It was Carole and Keith's 45 Wedding Anniversary and it was lovely that a lady called Sue from the forum had done a collection for the happy couple, Sue had also organized other surprises, one being a mirror of tiles each made by the people at the meet. Carole has set a challenge for the last two years, this year was to decorate an Ikea mirror then they are swapped - see the one I made below. Very kindly Carole and Keith had invited the people staying over on the Saturday night to their house for a buffet and chat - Janet and I had a lovely time, then travelled back to our Travelodge.

Sunday, Janet and I travelled to Harrogate to the GNPS which was brilliant as usual and not too busy. We met up with Georgina and Joanne her daughter and lots of other crafty Scottish friends. I spent a little bit of money mmmmm!!!! We then went to Art From The Heart, This was the first time I had been to the shop - OH WOW!!!! I was like a kid in a sweet shop yum yum managed to do a workshop with Dyan Reaveley's paints and sprays, a lovely way to finish off my weekend.

Below is my first Christmas card I made last week along with some of my purchases from the weekend.

So, if you have not been to my blog before, Welcome. If you are wondering what WOYWW is. If you have not already been to this blog then pop over to Julia’s stamping ground and see what everyone is talking about, and visit some fantastic peoples work from all around the world.

Enjoy your Wednesday whatever you do - I'm off to Skipton for another crafty weekend on my first Loving Ink craft retreat.

MMMMMWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAA to all those people I will be seeing this weekend.

Saturday, 3 September 2011


Welcome to a very exciting blog hop in Celebration of 10 years of

Art from the Heart!

Lots of exciting things happening at Art from the Heart next weekend where the big birthday bash is happening. Want to know more then do click here.

So in Celebration we are having 5 birthday blog hops.
You should have reached my blog from here Julie

and are on the 7 Gypsies hop.

Here is my project

I have been in a Steampunk mood recently. So when I was asked would I like be part of the Birthday blog hop, I decided to go with the Steampunk theme. I have had this little divider tray for ages sitting on my desk waiting to be altered.

I am pleased with how my little tray turned out I hope you like it

I used these 7 Gypsies products to complete the project

In the left hand tray you will see an old watch face the time is set for 4.30 (4 1/2 hours) that is how long this project took me to complete.

I added some watch pieces to the DO NOT DISTURB tag.


Before you move on - you will need to collect a letter from me which is O
This is part of an anagram of a 7 Gypsies product
Once you get back to Dys blog please email your answer to Ben

Deadline for answers to be emailed to Ben is 6pm Sunday 11th September

So after leaving me a comment you need to move on to Janet at


Have fun hopping!

and thank you for joining in the Hop

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Some Atcs with a Steampunk Theme

I have been in a bit of a Steampunk mood recently and decided I would have a go at drawing some Steampunk Balloons.

I hope you like the ATCs I have made with them.

All of them have stamped or distressed Tim Holtz Distress ink backgrounds.

Thanks for visiting my Blog I hope to do a lot more blogging now the Summer hols are over.

Hope the 1st of September was good to you



Monday, 29 August 2011

Late post for WOYWW

Hello to all my lovely followers and an apology - I am sorry I have not been blogging recently but I do hope that this will change over the next few weeks. Watch this space.

I am not close to my craft desk at the mo so will not be showing you that on WOYWW but I have some news to share with you all.

I am chuffed I got my A Level Art result and I received an A* I did not think I had done enough to get the grade so was very shocked.

Here is one of the pieces of work I produced during my final year. It is a piece of abstract Batik work of the two liver birds on top of the liver buildings. I found this hard to do as I had not done anything like this before. I must say I like the resulting piece of work very much.

I wanted to make the images look as if they were in the Mersey and I think this worked.

If you have not been to my blog before, Welcome. If you are wondering what
WOYWW is. If you have not already been to this blog then pop over to Julia’s stamping ground and see what everyone is talking about, and visit some fantastic peoples work from all around the world.

Have a great week everyone sending huge (((HUGS))) to all who are in need of one.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

I've been Cute

I have been doing cute cards all coloured with promarkers I am very pleased with the results hope you like. Not close to my desk this week but wanted to post on WOYWW as this seems to be the only time I get to my blog these days.

All Lilly of the Valley stamps I love these images.

If you have not been to my blog before, Welcome. If you are wondering what WOYWW is. If you have not already been to this blog then pop over to Julia’s stamping ground and see what everyone is talking about, and visit some fantastic peoples work from all around the world.

Have a great week everyone sending huge (((HUGS))) to all who are in need of one.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Hello folks

I am not posting today from my home in Liverpool I am posting from Northumberland. My OH and I are staying in a gorgeous 5* B&B and are being totally spoilt.
So my work space today is a small table overlooking the grounds, where I have seen rabbits, an owl and many other birds. So for WOYWW today is my laptop and my trusty bits and pieces bag and a stamped and coloured Tatty Button image. Have a good WOYWW everyone.

If you have not been to my blog before, Welcome. If you are wondering what WOYWW is. If you have not already been to this blog then pop over to Julia’s stamping ground and see what everyone is talking about, and visit some fantastic peoples work from all around the world.

Have a lovely week everyone. Hope to see you all again next week in blogland.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

WOYWW PIF revealed

Hi Folks

I have heard from the recipient of my PIF that it arrived this morning so I will now reveal what she received.

It is three Trionimoes glued together coloured with Alcohol Inks with a peacock feather stamp, stamped and embossed in silver embossing powder over the alcohol ink then made into a brooch. I enjoyed making this and having some craft time.

One more sleep until my big day!!!!!!! hey ho

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

2 years of WOYWW

Hello my blogging friends. I did not think I would be able to get here today as lots has happened to me this last week. Some good and some bad the good was that I got my contract from my new job – I have been there 3 months where did that go!!!! The bad was that although I was supposed to be staying on at my old firm until September, last week I was told on Thursday that I would not be needed after Friday oh well at least it means that I will have more time to blog and do some crafting.

On my desk today is one of my latest Liverpool themed paintings I hope you like it, it took me 5 hours to paint, it is watercolour and pen .

If you have not been to my blog before, Welcome. If you are wondering what WOYWW is. If you have not already been to this blog then pop over to Julia’s stamping ground and see what everyone is talking about, and visit some fantastic peoples work. Today WOYWW is 2 years old I have not been here very much this year but I do hope to be around a bit more in blog land. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WOYWW.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

WOYWW blogging again

Hello everyone out there hope you are all well and enjoying May. I am happy to say that my new job is going very well I have been there 8 weeks now and the time has just flown by. My A Level Art work is all handed in so I can sit back and relax a little now . Just hope I have done enough work to get a good result oh well not a lot I can do about it now just have to wait for the results.

If you have not been to my blog before Welcome. If you are wondering what WOYWW is If you have not already been to this blog then pop over to Julia’s stamping ground and see what everyone is talking about, and visit some fantastic peoples work.

Today I would like to show you a piece I painted for my course work the topic title for my final assignment was Identify a local boundary so the boundary I chose was the Liverpool Waterfront I was pleased with the result.

I am off out with my Mum for lunch today this is the first Wednesday I have had off for 2 months and the first time I have been out with her in ages. I hope to be back later to see what you have all been up to. Thanks for reading this post and hope you all have a good day.

I hope to pop over to as many blogs as I can this week but if for some reason I don't get to you I am sorry.

Final bit for this post - I cannot go to HSNW this time - boo hoo I have to work I hope all who attend that I normally see there have a lovely day weather you are selling or buying I hope you enjoy I will be thinking of you. I am going to Aintree though so if any of you I normally see there are going maybe we could catch up with a coffee I am going Friday. lv and ((HUGS))

Thursday, 7 April 2011

April Hello

Hello to all out there in blog land.

Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine!!! and all that spring brings.

Life is busy busy busy at the moment. (sorry this next bit is a bit newsy!!!)

In February I was told I was going to be made redundant - It had been on the cards for some time but it still came as a bit of a shock.

Anyway I have been looking for another job over the last 2 years and have applied for quite a few jobs and not had a reply from any of them. Anyway I applied for a part time job in a new craft shop in a garden centre and got one of the 4 part time jobs going. My old company have decided they want me to stay until they close possibly in September so now I have 2 part time jobs and an A level art to complete but hey ho it is keeping me busy. Unfortunately I have not had any time to play recently - well not at home anyway, I have done some demos at the craft shop and made a few cards crafting and being paid to play!! - oh sorry and being paid to sell products and demonstrate - such hard work it is too - lol!!!! I have uploaded some photos of the workshop I did at Art From The Heart workshop at Harrogate - it was lovely to spend the day there and play with all the lovely Dylusion ink sprays and learn lots of new techniques from the master Dyan herself it was good fun and I loved the little book we made - hope you like it. Well folks I have promised myself I am going to TRY and get on here at least once a month.

Thanks for looking - I hope to be back before Easter but if not here is a card I made this week at work - we had sold out of Happy Easter Peel offs but had lots of alphabets so made this out of scraps.