Saturday, 28 December 2013

Another shadow box card....

This one is for my husband's step-mother. I used stamps from the Penny Black "Garden Critters" set.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Thanks so much....

I had a lovely Christmas, and received some really nice presents......what a good opportunity to make some thank you cards. I used the lovely Penny black " Bath Bunny" stamp, with a Stampin Up sentiment.

Happy Birthday Terry!

This is for my brother-in-law who has a birthday in a couple of weeks. I used the Woodware "Patch a flight" stamp set, and was inspired by a card that I found here;

Sunday, 22 December 2013

To Mike....from the dog!

This is a last minute card for my husband from our dog!

Stampendous snowy cottage.

This is the first time I have used this stamp......and I love it!!!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Happy Christmas mum.....from the dog!

I made this card for our springer spaniel to send to my mum!! The wreath is cut from the "Christmas" cartridge, and the dog is from "Doodlecharms".

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Card for a golfing fan

A friend at work asked me to make a card for her father with a golf theme. I had a look on Pinterest and found a great card by Robin (the original is at )
I thought it was so great that I created something very similar. All of the items are cut from "Everyday Paper Dolls"

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Welcome Oliver William

This is for my friend and colleague Jo and her new baby boy. I used a lovely Woodware stamp.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

New home

A colleague at work has just moved into a new home, and this gave me the perfect opportunity to use this "Liitle Claire" stamp for the first time!

Happy Anniversary

My friend Laura asked me to make a romantic anniversary card for her husband. I tried hard to make it romantic without being too feminine, but I am not sure that I succeeded! The stamp is a lovely Woodware one.

Monday, 21 October 2013

An unashamed scrap lift!!!

I needed to make a graduation card, and and bought the Penny Black "A Scholar" stamp especially. I had a look around in blog land, and was completely blown away by a card I found here;

Although I have changed it very slightly, it looked so good in it's original form, I followed I very closely!!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Happy Birthday Mum....

It's my mum's birthday next week, and she loves Penny Black stamps....particularly the hedgehogs, so this image seemed ideal!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Happy Birthday Granny....

A colleague at work asked me to make a card for her "Granny", who will soon be 80. She said that she wanted a pretty card with ribbon and lace, so this is what I have come up with. I cut the roses from "Freshly Picked". I just hope that granny likes it!!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Birthday Wishes

A friend asked me to make a "sensible" birthday card for her sister-in-law, so this stamp by Hobby Art seemed to fit the bill. The sentiment is by Stampin Up, and I used a Martha Stewart punch to create the lace effect.

Good Luck....again!!!

And now another two people are leaving our team....soon there will just be me, and I can hardly make my own leaving card can I ???!!!
Anyhow, I am running out of inspiration, so decided to make the last two cards variations on a theme!
Another lovely Penny Black stamp, a bit of Bakers Twine and there you have them!!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

An eccentric gnome!!!

My friend Wendy asked me to make an "eccentric gnome card"....lucky that I had this lovely "Fishy Wishes" stamp by Woodware!!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

And another....

Goodbye and Good luck card that is! This one is for a colleague with a very sweet tooth, so this Penny Black image seemed perfect!

Goodbye and Good Luck

Another goodbye card for a colleague who s leaving our team soon. I used this lovely Stamposaurus stamp for the first time, and I'm really pleased with the result! The layout is inspired by one of Debby's lovely Penny Black cards. She can be found at;

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Thank You....

A colleague asked me to make a seaside themed thank you card, and this is what I have come up with. The lighthouse and seagulls are cut from "Life is a Beach", and the sentiment is from "Beyond Birthdays".

Monday, 30 September 2013

Campervans and music!

A colleague asked me to make a card incorporating a bright red campervan and music..this is the result!

Dad.....Fishy Wishes!

This is a card for my father-in-law, using the lovely Woodware "Fishy Wishes" stamp.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

A black bicycle and a garden shed!!

More and more people are asking me to make very specific birthday cards. This is for a colleague, who wanted one with a garden shed and a black bike on it! I cut the bike from Sweethearts (a tandem carefully snipped apart and re-glued!), the pots and watering can from Walk in my Garden, and the shed is actually a dog kennel from Nate's ABC!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Good Luck bear

I just love the Funstamps sporting bears, and this one made a super-speedy Good Luck card.

Golfing bear

A colleague asked me to make a birthday card for her father-in-law who is a keen golfer, so this lovely Funstamps bear seemed ideal!

Happy Birthday Papa...

A colleague at work asked me to make a card for her father from her twin daughters. Very specifically, she wanted a blue bike and a black and white cat on it. I cut the bike from is actually a tandem, but with a bit of careful trimming and gluing can be made into a regular bike!, and the cat is a Nitwits stamp.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Campervans and canoes

My friend Wendy asked me to make a card for her brother who apparently has aspirations of owning a VW campervan and a Canadian canoe. This stamp from the "hot diggity dog" collection by Docrafts seemed perfect, and I cut the canoe from "Paper Doll Dressup". 

Snips 'n' Snails...

My friend Wendy asked me to make a card for her nephew who is soon to. Six. Apparently he is a real tomboy, and the family own a springer spaniel. This Penny Black stamp seemed to be perfect! I coloured the poor upside-down puppy to look like the family's dog, and added a bunch of balloons tied on with Bakers twine.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Welcome Baby Girl

Yesterday was my friend Laura's baby shower, and so I finally got to put up the bunting that I had been making! ( I should add that this is not my house, but my friend Penny's.....mine has never looked so clean and sparkling!) I used a Sizzix die to cut the pennants, and cut the letters from Plantin Schoolbook. The flowers and hearts are from Doodlecharms.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Nappy cake....yes really

Another item for the baby shower! I cut the flowers and hearts from "Doodlecharms"and the baby from "Everyday Paperdolls".

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Pearls of Wisdom

My colleague and friend Laura is expecting her first baby in November. We are having a baby shower for her and this is one of the ideas that I found online. Basically you give each of the guests a tag on which to write a "pearl of wisdom" and then you tie them onto the wreath. (My friend Penny says that she is going to write just buy plenty of calpol on her tag!).
I cut the hearts from "Doodlecharms" and the rattles and nappy pins are from "New Arrival". The lettering is cut from Nursery Rhymes.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

A word of this if you use Pinterest

Not a card this time, just a word of warning about pinning things to PINTEREST. I have to say that I frequently pin things that inspire me to Pinterest....probably things that I have found and loved in your blogs....but yesterday I had an e-mail saying that someone had objected to me pinning one of their card designs, and as such I was in breach of copyright. It went on to say that if I continued to pin things that weren't mine, my account would be terminated. This really upset me, as I enjoy looking around at all your wonderful creations and sharing things that I have loved. I would never claim to have made any of these, indeed Pinterest links the pin back to the website or blog that it came from. 

Anyhow, I have done a bit of reading about this, and it seems that pinning anything other than a creation of your own is in fact deemed to be a breach of copyright, and.....the creator could claim compensation from you!! Makes a bit of a mockery of the Pinterest site really, and makes me sad that we can't just all share and enjoy each other's creations, while always crediting them of course to their creator.

I am going to shut down my Pinterest account, and just blog hop in future for inspiration. Please be careful. A stern e-mail from Pinterest is bad really don't want people claiming compensation from you.

Well Done Tracey

This is for my friend and colleague who won an award for "Partnership Working". The award was presented at a posh ceremony this week, and when asked to say a few words, apparently said that the only thing she had won before was a kitchen tray!!
The stamp is a lovely Penny Black, and I cut the clouds from "Everyday Paper Dolls", and the grass from "Plantin Schoolbook".

Tuesday, 3 September 2013


This is for my husband's niece who will ( only seems like 5 minutes ago that she was 12!) be 21 in a few weeks. I cut the number from Plantin Schoolbook, and added a lovely Penny Black hedgehog!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Wishing you all the very best!

This is a card for a colleague who is retiring, and is known and loved by many, many people. I was asked to make a "giant" card for him as loads of people will want to sign it. This measures 8 inches by 32 inches, so I hope it is big enough! I cut the boats from "New Arrival", and the lettering from "Plantin Schoolbook". No particular reason for the sea scene, just that we live and work in a seaside town.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Happy 18th....

A friend asked me to make an 18th birthday card for a young man who is interested in astronomy. This is what I came up with. The planet is cut from "Everyday Paper Dolls", and the lettering from "Plantin Schoolbook". 

Monday, 19 August 2013

Nose to Nose

I just love this new (well, new to me!) stamp by Penny Black. Again, a not for anything particular card, but I am quite pleased at the way it has turned out!

Happy Birthday Rachel

These mice are from a Penny Black transparent set. I was surprised how quickly I made this card!


This is for my husband's nephew who will be 18 in a few weeks (it only seems like five minutes ago that I was making a card for his 15th!!). The letters are from "Plantin Schoolbook" and I welded their shadows using my Gypsy, and then layered the regular letters on top.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Happy Birthday Rob....

A friend asked me to make card for her son-in-law, incorporating his two interests of gig boat rowing. And motorbikes. This is what I came up with.

Friday, 16 August 2013


A "not for anything in particular" card.......I just wanted to use my new Penny Black stamp!

Welcome Jessica Mabel

My friend Ruth has just adopted a new dog from some people who are emigrating to Australia, and Ruth is ecstatic....she thought we ought to have a doggy version of a baby shower, but I have drawn the line at a welcome card. The dog is called Jessie, which Ruth has already converted to Jessica Mabel (I have no idea why a dog needs a middle name!) Anyway, we met Jessica Mabel for the first time, and she was very friendly and sprightly, and certainly didn't look her age.......she will be 17 next month.
I used the lovely Penny Black stamp "Nose to Nose" to make the doesn't look anything like Jessica......she is a Jack Russell, but it is such a nice image!!!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Puppy Post

Another new stamp...this time by Lily of the Valley. It is called "Puppy Post"!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Many Happy Returns

This is the first time that I have used this stamp.....I've had it for a while......I always think that you can never have too many nice rubber stamps (or paper, ribbon etc etc!) Anyway, I am rather pleased with the result....I think the stamp is by Funstamps.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Thanks so much...

This is the first time I have used this Stampin Up....the sentiment is Stampin Up too, but from a different set. I made the card for my-in-laws, as we spent the day at their house today , and had a lovely time.

Fizzy Moon Christmas

Spent a couple of hours this morning using this stamp to make a few Christmas cards. it's a great stamp, as the sentiment is one of a number that comes separately.

Been in the wars?

My elderly next-door-neighbour had a fall this week (well, to be more truthful, she was pulled over by her dog which had been startled by a car revving it's engine!) She has injured the tendons in her shoulder, and has her arm in a sling, so this seemed like an appropriate image! The image and sentiments are from Woodware's "Doctors and Nurses" set

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Doodlecharms cupcake

I love this cupcake from the Doodlecharms cartridge, and spent a couple of happy hours in the afternoon heat making a few of these cards (and then went down to the beach for a paddle!)