Thursday, 30 April 2015

Mammas Dress

Some things just take you back to your childhood don’t they?

This dress does it for me, my Mam used to make most of her dresses and this would totally have been her style.

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Made using the Hunkydory Glitter Glaze card and one of the Creative Crafting World big base cards.

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A few pretty paper blossoms from Orchid Crafts

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Coloured with Alcohol markers.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

An evening with Jack

We had a card making evening, Jack informs me that he loves to craft and that he saves bottles and toilet roll cardboard to craft with but his Mam is very naughty and keeps throwing it out ha ha! his mam informs me that he hides them in his bed and then they spill over onto the floor and his bedroom is like a pigsty.

Somehow I believe his Mam but one thing is for sure, he has a flare for crafting and loves it when we craft together.

The Hunkydory Magazine from Create and Craft had not one but two paper crafting packs free with it and Jack fell in love with this set.

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He added all of the foam pads did all of the gluing, added dew drops to look like bubbles in the sea, button and bow, all I did was cut down the background card and tied the bow.

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He even added an insert from the Little Book of Poetry and then wrote out the card.

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Oh and yes, a button did find its way into his trouser pocket.

I think we should all encourage our children to craft, the sense of achievement is immense.

Jack now has his own crafting box with loads of bits in to craft with.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Little Pearl Dress

I thought I’d squeeze this one in, I am driving down to Peterborough tomorrow ready for shows on Create and Craft Friday 24th April at 10am and 4pm with Hunkydory. I’ve been busy busy prepping for the shows and I know I have some amazing deals on there so don’t miss it.

I want to show you some ways of using the fabulous little books and here is a sneaky peek.

I’m planning to squeeze into something like this for my Daughters wedding in 2016, well that is the plan.

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I’m on first at 10am with Leoni so I think we will make a couple of these to show you how.

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Create and Craft:- Freesat 813, Virgin 748, Freeview 36, Sky 674


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Monday, 20 April 2015

New Beginnings With Hunkydory

I can finally reveal that I will be doing some work with Hunkydory, we all know what amazing quality their paper craft is and when they ask if i could do some TV shows for them I was delighted. I’ve been playing with A Little Book of….. and some of the Adorable Scorable.

This card was made using A little Book of Flowers and The Second Book of Poetry.

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A double twist easel card with a straight easel center.

Such pretty designs

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and such beautiful poetry.

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Ahoy me Matey!

Another one of my Silhouette Templates made up, a Door Hanger.

I intended to tie a knotted rope through the holes to hang it from the door but in hindsight I think a bit of bluetac is a better option and of course that means no unsightly holes in a door.

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I think this one is kind of cute don’t you?

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Making Templates

So I started to go stir crazy sitting at home so I decided to start making my own Cutting Templates for the Silhouette, I started with the Hexagon Box shown below and then moved on to some Flowers and Characters.

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I have loads stored up, I need to start making them up now.

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Loads of fun working them out and getting the measurements correct.

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I always think that a hexagon box looks quite vintage.

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I think the chrysanthemum finishes it off quite nicely.

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Ryhope Engines Museum

Something Chris has been promising himself to visit for many years and is practically on our doorstep.

This is one impressive work of engineering that is a must to visit, my Mam and Dad took our children many years ago and I remember just how much my Dad enjoyed his visit.

I’ve added a video below of the beam engines in all of their glory, the sheer size of these is immense and has to be seen to be believed. the smell of the oil and machinery all added to the experience and the pride of the men keeping this is working order.


As you can see even the building is mighty impressive.

The Museum is open every bank holiday weekend and we were definitely blessed with the weather for our visit yesterday, quite often they have a vintage car collection on display too so that is always a bonus.

A few of the photo’s took alongside our visit.

The Blacksmith’s workshop.


A mans dream, the oil cans.


One of the smaller engines on display.


Just look at all of that grease, Chris was drooling at this stage.


Just the oily rag missing from this photo.


One of the display models.


So pleased that we went to visit, More information can be found here 

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Cosy cup of Rosy Lee

A new Tea Cosy for my teapot. Both Chris and I love a full bodied cup of builders tea so we like to brew it the old fashioned way in a teapot.

I got out the crochet hook and set to, it fits nice and snug.

Anyone fancy a cuppa?



Friday, 3 April 2015

Easter Wreath Silhouette Cutter

I never see that many Easter decorations around unless it is an Easter Bonnet or an Easter Tree so I jumped at the chance to make a wreath and a cute one at that.

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All cut using my Silhouette Portrait, love this machine. I love the Designer software too, I can play (yes play) for hours with it.

This template is available in the Silhouette store and is another by Jamie Moore Cripps, you really must look up her designs.

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Now fill up those little eggs with a little chocolate surprise and it would make a brilliant adult Easter Gift don’t you think?

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

3d Strawberry Pot Silhouette Cutter

Another little Potted plant to cheer up a cold day.

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I’ll have mine with clotted cream thank you.

These a so fun to make, even the terracotta pot is made from card.

A closer look at the plant.

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As you can see I dotted the strawberry’s with a white pen for the little pips.

The template is from Jamie Moore Cripps on the Silhouette store.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Crochet Baby Giraffe

just cant get enough of making these little sets.
This time it is a baby giraffe hat and diaper cover.
Love the ears on this one.
Even better is that they make up so quickly, they are all done on large crochet hooks.
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