Monday, 30 September 2013


I'm wondering if pickled eggs is a British thing, I love them and so does my eldest daughter, Chris is more of a curried egg fan.
I set to and made a big jar of them tonight after dinner, now to wait 6 weeks before I can eat them.
Do you make your own pickles? if so what do you make?

Sunday, 29 September 2013

CAS The Christmas Box

Those of you that watched Create and Craft will have seen me challenge Dean to making a card, it was hilarious but totally fun, we both made the same card and although his was like the wonky donkey it had a charm to it.
This is the card that I made and his went of to a lucky viewer.
This is just one of the Element coloured images from The Christmas Box CD rom by La Pashe 
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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Winter Fairy Manty

Did you know that mostly I do not like illustrated fairy’s? I always feel there is something just not quite right about them, it could be that they don’t seem to come up to my expectations that I have in my memories of thinking about them as a child, yet when Mo Manning draws them I simply love them, I think it is the real childlike look that Mo captures, the little tubby tummy and navel.
Coloured with Copic markers and Chalk pencils, Wording cut out on my silhouette portrait.
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I could just pinch this little one.
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I added a few babs of glitter glue to finish along with some dew drops, stick pins, gems from Mei Flower and a pretty ribbon.
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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Golden Swirled Cracker

I had a day off so decided to play a little more with the Christmas Cracker Card from La Pashe.

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The first thing I did was reach for my embossing folder and embossing machine

I embossed the sides and the cracker pieces then used a brayers to add Versamark to the embossed pattern, then used a gold pearl embossing powder over it and heat embossed it.

It gives it a more luxurious finish don't you think?

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I used the Santa decoupage from The Christmas Box cd to add inside the cracker opening.

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I actually think Santa is on Facebook, what do you think?

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Create and Craft TV today 11am and 6pm

I’m on my way heading towards Peterborough for two Create and Craft TV shows today.

I have all my demo’s ready including the cracker cards and some really easy quick Christmas cards that have made quite a stir amongst those that have seen them.


Join me at Create and Craft Tuesday 24th September 11am and 6pm.

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Sky 671 - Freeview 36 - Freesat 813 - Virgin748

Or live on your computer from here

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Saturday, 21 September 2013


Well I took the plunge and treat myself to a denim jacket, it has to be around 30 years since I had my last one and if I’m honest I was terrified that I might look like Mutton dressed as lamb but after posting a picture to facebook I feel much happier as I got such a wonderful response.

So here I am and I’ll let you decide. It is amazing what dropping two dress sizes does for the confidence.

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Ally Pally Craft Show–Its a Cracker from La Pashe

Just to let you all know about a new fun Christmas card set from La Pashe.



The topper I used is an image from the new craft CD- Rom The Christmas Box

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Now for the good bit, a little gift from me to all of you attending the Ally Pally Craft show on 21st and 22nd September.

10% Discount on all of your purchases at the La Pashe stand .

All you need to do to claim the discount is say “Its a Cracker”

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Blog Hop of the Month–Circles

Its blog hop time again and your chance to win one of two $5 credits for Mo's Digital Pencil don't forget your comments on our DT's blogs along the way...our host this month is Gretha and her theme is

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You should have landed on my blog from Mina 

I'm using Roxy from Mo’s Digital Pencil for my hop card and she is brilliant for those hard to do teenage girl cards.


My circles were punched from a matching paper then mounted on foam pads to make them pop.

My image was coloured with Copic markers and Chalk Pencils.

Isn’t she just perfect.


Now I’m the last on the hop, the donkey’s tail so to speak but if you haven’t started it yet hop right over to Gretha and start at the beginning as she has something amazing to show you.

Don't forget to leave comments along the way as there is a couple of spot prizes on comments left

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Daylight’s TM Vogue Floor Lamp

daylightTM has upped the style stakes with the introduction of the Vogue Floor Lamp. This lamp offers the best in flexibility and luxurious design, perfect for those who love enjoying their favourite hobbies without compromising on style in the home. The lamp comes complete with a beautiful brushed chrome finish and an elegant cream satin fabric shade. Additionally a fully flexible neck allows the bright 20W daylightTM bulb to be directed exactly where you need it – perfect for true colour matching and small details!  A cleverly designed accessory,  magnifier attachment.


Lighting is free from flicker and glare, helping you carry on enjoying your favourite hobbies with no risk of tired or strained eyes. You will be surprised how much longer and later you can enjoy your favourite hobbies! Furthermore, the lamp is low heat and low energy, and comes with a large stable base which slides perfectly underneath your sofa or armchair. 

Personally I think it looks perfect for the crafters without their own craft space, many lady's work in the comfort of their living room on a tray whilst watching TV, this is something that they wouldn't need to put away when they have finished crafting. 

Tomorrow the Dream Team are having a Blog Hop day so pop back as you are in for a treat.

Blog Hop-circles September

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Creations by AR September Release Blog Hop

A new template from Creations by AR and you could win it just by following our hop today.
Time for a new release by Creations by AR the Simply Scrumptious Shop
Isn't it just amazing?
Just imagine what you could fill it with, men, woman, boy or girl this could be just the sweetest gift.
I decorated the front with little flowers in the window planter and bow, bells and flowers on the roof to finish
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ARHopsep13I decided on a girl theme, I added a blusher and a little tin candle inside.
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Tux and Gown Box Set
• Leave comments on each blog and/or...
• AR FB:
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Comments accepted until May 24 (12:00 noon EST)
One random winner will be announced May 25:
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Now hop on over to my team mates for more inspiration.
here is the list of my team mates
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Monday, 16 September 2013

Behind the Keyhole Sneak Peek

So who lives in a house like this?
I do know that who ever it may be must be finger licking good, just look at all that frosting, I have dabs on the bottom panels of the doors and it would be fight on for anyone who pulled them off before I got to them ha ha!

On the back there is a pretty verse too.
Have you guessed it yet?
This is Scrum-diddly-umptious.
Of course this is just one of many from.
The Christmas Box

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

What a week–all good

Lots of things happening. My youngest Daughter Natalie moved in with her boyfriend Adam, so pleased for them both, they are so happy together.

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It feels sort of strange that there is now just the two of us to think about for meals and the likes but exciting to start a new venture together without the children.

The second thing that happened was my other Daughter Lauren changed back to her normal hair colour rather than highlight, I think it’s has to be 15 years since she had her own colour.

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I love her with dark hair.

Then a big surprise for me today, I was trying on some trousers and I have down sized two sizes since we started healthy eating, I didn’t actually get any clothes but only because the ones I tried were too big “yay”.

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

How many Christmas Cards do you make?

We have got it sorted for you this year.
Whether you are a Decoupage, Topper, Stacker or Colourist type of a crafter this one has it all.

Lets start with Behind Closed Doors pop up cards. These have to element of surprise for your recipient, easy to make too. We even have the Embellishment to decorate the front doors.

Then of course we have your images in Decoupage.
Then I started looking at the pre-coloured  Elements that are also on the CD and this is what I came up with.
Quick and ever so easy CAS Cards.

Fir Tree Element
The Nutcracker
A set of 3 elements, Mistletoe, Bells and Dove

I will be on Create and Craft TV 24th September at 11am and 6 pm showing the Christmas Box cd rom

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Snow Shovel to the ready

I can feel the chill in the air already, I’ll be digging out the higher tog quilt by the weekend much to Chris’s dismay.

This little one has it under wraps and is all ready for the winter months.

Snow Shovel from Mo’s Digital Pencil 

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I used a beautiful silk ribbon, Spellbinders oval die, some pretty papers, gems from Mei Flower and La La land tree die.

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Before I finish I have a funny story about Grandson Jacks day at school, he was chattering away to his Mam.

Jack- 'Mam- the teacher said God today...
His Mam- 'were you learning about Him?'
Jack- 'no- and she said in the name of the Father, the Son and the mouldy wizard!'

Ermm I think that should be “Holy Spirit” Jack.

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013


It wasn’t until I got told off by my Mam on Sunday that I realised that I hadn’t gave you an update.

Time just seams to fly by doesn’t it?

So here is the little fella, our Jack on his first day at full time school.Two of Us-039

Things have changed so much since mine were little, Jacks Mam was allowed to stay for lunch one day which I think was wonderful, he even got a star award in his first week.

His Grandad said we need to hope that he will grow into that PE kit sharpish otherwise we may have our first taste of bullying on our hands.

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