Wednesday 18 August 2010


Hi to all my friends in the blogging world. Wow its been a long time since I posted but there have been a lot of reasons.

After our wonderful Cruise in the New Year which seems like a life time away now, I had some very sad news. My Dear Grandad who had been fighting Cancer had got worse while we were away. Thankfully I was able to spend a couple of weeks with him on my return before he sadly passed away. Seeing him suffer like he did was not easy but I wouldn't change being at his bedside for those few weeks for the world. Making him comfortable and chatting to him and seeing him smile, when he could was a comfort to us all.
I must say though that his Death hit me hard, even though I was expecting it, I have found it very hard and the past months have not been easy. I was very close to him and thought I would be able to cope with his death as it was expected... but I was wrong. But with the love of my family and my OH I'm manging to get on with life.
And although life is getting easier, and I've been busy sorting out my flat to rent out, I just haven't had the motivation to start doing my cards again yet. I've also had problems with my internet at home too, but I hope to be back soon.
I do want to say a MASSIVE thanks to all the girls at Penny Black for all their support and understanding and to Kath for all the hard work she has been doing while I've been absent, your an angel.
Take Care

Friday 25 December 2009

Caribean Cruise

I'm logging off of blogger now for a few weeks....we're off on a Caribean Cruise on the 29th December for 2 weeks and with so much do still....I won't be back online till the 13th Jan.

Thank you to all my blogging buddies for your kind words a support over the past year, and would like to wish you all a

Very Merry Christmas
& a
Happy New Year

Hope you all have a fabulous time with your families and friends
Lots of Love

Saturday 19 December 2009

Penny Black 80 & Sketch Saturday 82

Morning everyone, hope your all keeping warm in this chilly snowy weather...brrrhhh !!! Its so cold....but I guess we should expect is winter, lol
Well its time for another Penny Black Saturday Challenge....thanks to everyone for joining in last week..lots of fabulous red & gold creations from you all....and we all appreciate you taking the time to join in the fun in this busy time of year.

So onto this weeks challenge
A nice easy one to finish of the year...and what a year its been....lots of fabulous creations.
Thanks to all of you that have joined our challenges and a massive thanks aswell to all our sponsors with all your gorgeous prizes.

Another new image this week...and I've only had the chance to use it this week...don't you just love all the fabulous new PB stamps around at the moment.

Papers: Colourful Christmas ~ Winter Wonderland
Image: Snow Squad
Mediums: Pro Markers, Daimnod Dust, Spellbinders ~ Snowflake
Supplies: Ribbon, Flowers, Charm ~ Stash

We have another fabulous prize this week from a new sponsor

£10 gift voucher to spend at their online store.....and thats not all...they are giving everyone one of our readers a 10% life time discount..fabulous hey !! All you need to do is put in the following code: Penny Black.... so what are you waiting for !!

The Design Team have all worked their magic again this week and created fabulous inspiration for you all.

And thanks to Liz our Guest Designer for joining us with your wonderful creations for the month of December...its been a real pleasure having you join us.
And don't forget to look out for our new Guest Designer in January.
There's no challenge next weeks as Im sure you'll all agree the DT deserve a well earned rest and time to spend with their family....
Before I go I'd like to say a massive thanks to all the DT girls for all their hard work and dedication this year and for all your fabulous inspiration every week.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone
Well its another week for one of Jo's gorgeous sketches...and wow what a fabulous year its been...thanks Jo for all your hard work you put in each week with your gorgeous sketches for us truley are a very talented lady and a great friend.
So here's the last sketch for this year

I just love love this sketch and admit I have used it on loads on my Christmas cards since making this week.....I got out one of my favourite Magnolia christmas image from last year... I just love, love these cuties..

Oooppps !!! I've just realised that I've used the same colour combo and the same papers as my last card...oh what a wally !!! But you know I do love this colour combo for Christmas and especially with this fab image...oh well... hope you don't mind.

Card: Colourful Christmas ~ Winter Wonderland
Image: Magnolia
Mediums: Pro Markers
Supplies: Flowers, Pearls, Ribbon ~ Stash

We have another fabulous prize this week from the Fabulous Sandry Dry...yes Sandra who was a part of our DT...we miss you hun xxx

Sandra fabulous contribution for this weeks sketch ~ 6 of her gorgeous images from her site
The Design Team have all created fabulous inspiration for you all again this pop over and check it out....ans thanks to our December Guest Designer Squirrel for your stunning creations this month.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year
to you all
Keep safe and have fun
hugs to you all

Friday 18 December 2009

Winter Wonderland here in London

Morning everyone....well we woke up to SNOW this morning...which was no surprise as it started last night around 9pm. The kids were excited as they thought...yeah - NO SCHOOL..but I think I was more excited then them.
And here's Molly & Lucy exploring in the garden this morning at 7am...oh how excited they were too.... they just walked out when I took this picture of them....and as soon as they got out there they were running round the garden like loonies...and what a nightmare trying to get them to come they were worse than the kids.

And here's more picture of the garden at 8.30am
no chance of capturing the pups as they were playing and running to quick for me to get a picture of them

Well thankfully Im off work today, so time to get those Christmas cards finished...Im so behind and am sure Im not the only one....I must get more organised next year.

Have a lovely day everyone and keep safe.

Saturday 12 December 2009

Penny Black 79 + Sketch Saturday 81

Morning and a happy Saturday to you all.....well the week has flown by.
I realised in the week that I had no where near enough Christmas cards made yet this year and as cards came popping through the door every day from our neighbours......the panic suddenly took as my OH is the boss and Im pretty much my own boss I booked Friday off and spent most of the day crafting....its was great and managed to get quite alot done...I'll post some pictures later.
So its time for another PB Challenge and thanks to everyone who joined in with last weeks Christmas for the Girls Challenge and what gorgeous cards you created.

So onto this weeks challenge:
Another easy one again this week....and my favourite colour combo for Christmas
Well I decide it was about time I made a easal card...I actully made this a few weeks ago and had so much fun with it...and will definatley be using this design again....they are so effective.

Cardstock: Basic Grey ~ Wassail
Image: Penny Black ~ Hand Mailed
Mediums: Pro Markers, Flower Soft ~ Polar White, Stickles ~ Gold
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Supplies: Gold Lace, Rose Buds, Pin ~ Stash

We have another fabulous prize this week from our sponsors:

$20 gift voucher to spend at their online store

The design team have all created some fabulous inspiration for you this week...and dont forget our guest Designer for December...Liz...

Have a great weekend everyone


Wow doesn't the time fly by so quick....I can't beleive its time for another Sketch Saturday already....gorgeous creations last week and sure you're all going to enjoy this weeks sketch..

Another cute WOJ Henry mouse again this week...can't resist these little beauties and I did warn you you'd be seeing more of them before Christmas.

Papers: Bo Bunny ~ Tis The Season Treasure

Image & Sentiment: WOJ ~ Henry with Large Cookie
Mediums: Pro Markers
Supplies: Ribbon, Flowers ~ Stash

And we have another fabulous prize this week from Simon Says Stamps so pop over to the blog and check it out.
The design team have all created some fabulous cards again this week.
Well I'll be spending most of the day making more Christmas cards today so another busy day ahead...enjoy your weekend everyone.

Saturday 5 December 2009

Penny Black 78 + Sketch Saturday 80

Morning everyone and hope your all well.... its Saturday again and time for another Penny Black Saturday Challenge...Thanks to everyone who join last week with Beths fabulous sketch, looks like you all loved it as much as we did.

So onto this weeks challenge:
Christmas for the Girls
Pretty easy one this week....sone forget you can create anything you like...card, atc, altered long as you use at least one PB image/sentiment.

I'd like to say a massive thanks to Debby our Guest Designer for November, who's work was truley stunning thanks for sharing your wonderful inspiration with us all
As we are in a new month we have a new Guest Designer, so join me in giving a big welcome to Liz...Button for Brains...who Im sure will give you all some wonderful inspiration in December..... welcome hun and hope you have lots of fun with us.
We have another fabulous prize this week from
Dont forget to check out all the fabulous work again this week from the Design Team.
I'll be back at the weekend with more details on my card (explaination at the bottom of this post)
Have a fabulous weekend

Well another week has flown by so quickly and time for another Sketch Saturday....and this week its the very talented Jeanette's turn to create a sketch for us all.....and what a wonderful sketch it is too...Thanks hun xx

I've used one of my new WOJ ~ Henry's this week and just love this adorable image.

This weeks sketch is sponsored by WOJ and they are offering a fabulous stamp to one lucky winner.

I want to give a warm welcome to Emma who has joined our little family as a DT member....Emma is one very talented lady and I'm sure your going to enjoy all her fabulous creations every week.....welcome hun, so great to have you on the team xxx

Don't forget to check out all the gorgeous work from the design team and give a big welcome our December Guest Desginer Squirrel who has made a fabulous creation for you this week, welcome hun and so pleased to have you join us this month.

Sorry this is a quickie post, but Im off to our Christmas Party tonight (friday) that's why Im scheduling my post as not sure I'll be up to much in the morning, lol...

Have a fabulous weekend everyone


Sunday 29 November 2009

Sweet Stamping ~ Colour Combo

Morning everyone, hope your all well. Its a very wet Sunday morning here...and I don't believe I'll be going out much hopefully a little more time to craft after I've done the ironing :( not my favourite chore...although Im pretty lucky my OH is a dab hand at it and doesn't mind doing maybe I can put my feet up today, lol

Well I made a card last night for the new challenge blog
and its run by 2 of my blogging buddies: Emma & Jo
2 fabulously talented ladies who have become great friends over the past I wanted to give them both some support with their new challenge blog and join in the fun. Sadly I missed their 1st challenge last week as nothing was coming together, you know the way it's supposed gave up in the end ~ sorry girls.

This week they hace a gorgeous colour combo challenge and here's the guideline
You don't have to use Stamping Up! card stock/colours, as long as they are a close match!
Please use a minimum of 3 colours from the colour combo

Well I decided to use all 4 colours....although there's not much Olive green on my can see a little on the backing paper and on Henry Mouse....sorry about the bad picture, its been difficult to get a good one with it being so gloomy today.
Cardstocks: Basic Grey ~ Wassail
Image: WOJ ~ Henry Mouse with Lantern
Mediums: Pro Markers, Stickles ~ Crystal
Sentiment: SU ~ Season Of Joy
Supplies: Lace, flowers, brad, spacer pearls ~ Stash

If you pop over to their blog the Design Team have created some wonderful inspiration for everyone, and its so great to see such a range of styles by the girls.
I had lots of fun with this challenge girls, thank you very much.

Have a great day everyone