Friday 31 May 2013

What a Donkey

I don't know what it is about Donkey’s but I just can’t help myself.

This is Precious and Bridie from Digital Delights stamp set Donkeying Around


Precious is simply delightful with her big bow, the teardrop pearl charm is from Wholeport and can be found here


Both are coloured with Copic markers and chalk pencils.

Bridie is all saddled up and ready for rides.


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Thursday 30 May 2013

Google Reader is Closing in July

You may of already heard that Google reader is closing in July I know that many of you use this to visit my site and I don’t want to lose any of you as you are all part of my cyber family so I would like you all to subscribe to my email subscription so that you don't slip through the net (pun intended).
It is very easy to do just use the subscription below and then each time I post you will get an email to your inbox.

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Something Old Something New – Grad Cap Box

This is something Old Something New that the Design Team for Creations by AR are doing each week, every week one of us will share something newly made from one of the older templates in the Creations by AR shop.
See all of our projects each week at
I decided to showcase the Grad Cap Box this week as I know many of you are preparing for the Graduation season and this could get many of you a head start.
Just think that little scroll could be a special gift like a rolled up Money or a show ticket, just to say how proud you are and well done.
I stamped the cap top in black ink and found a beaded tassel in my local haberdashery store.
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Tuesday 28 May 2013

Baby Fairy Ladybug and Free Card Template

I know many of you will be packing your children off to university this year and it will be hard to let go of the apron strings, not only for you but also for them to leave home for the first time.
When I saw Baby Fairy Ladybug from Mo’s Digital Pencil I thought it would be fun to make a Ladybird card and then once I got the idea I soon realised it was like a Mother keeping her young safe, well that's what us Mum’s do best yes?
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I made my own Ladybird template for the silhouette, it has a stand which attaches at the back and the wings are separate, I added a brad so that they would open and close for posting.
I coloured the gorgeous Baby Fairy Ladybug with Copic Markers.
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I know you will probably want the template so I have it in three different files for you, just click on the name of the free file template you want and it will open for you to download.
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Monday 27 May 2013

Born to be Wild

Sometimes you just have to get down and damned dirty and let the creativity just flow ha ha!

It’s ages since I got my paints out and I had this one figured in my head as soon as I saw the image. I wanted it to be simplistic but arty, I’m not sure if I managed it but I think I like it all the same.

Born to be Wild by Just Inklined


I dusted of my Viva paints and splattered and smudged a black card,

I used Copic markers and chalk pencils to colour the image and matted and layered onto raspberry and black card.


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Sunday 26 May 2013

I did it!

When I think back to Christmas time I used to watch Chris go out on his bike and think I wish I could do that. then two weeks ago I did an amazing thing, I cycled 20 miles, Something I thought was totally impossible for me. Ohh I have days when I can’t go out as my pains just wont let me and I am a defeatist as I think I cant do it too, Chris encourages me all the way.

We were out shopping around 3 weeks ago and we passed Souter Lighthouse on our way to South Shields, I said to Chris that it was my goal to cycle to it, of course I never really thought that I would be able to do it. I was just saying it in the hope that one day I would.

Our weather these last two days has been perfect for cycling, yesterday we took our bikes to be serviced a 14 mile cycle trip. This morning I hurt like hell and took a couple of pain killers before we set out, we decided we would just cycle to get a coffee, a simple 5 miles there and 5 miles back, just enough to keep me supple.

We got to the stop and I felt fine so decided to go a little further, before I new it I was here.

Souter Lighthouse


Simply amazing. Of course my patient cycling partner helped me believe I could do it, I love this guy.


So I reached my goal, but heck I still felt fine and wanted to keep going, so, we did.

We decided to keep going on the road to South Shields, we stopped for a wee brake and some refreshments, a bottle of water and a banana.

South Shields Park


And then the ride home.

To be totally honest with you all the hardest part of the rides is getting in and out of our village it is so hilly, the Hall bend was a total killer on the way home.

So if you are wondering how far we did.



I beat 4 personal bests

And I burned a whopping

Calories 2514 kcal

My personal trainer (Chris) is very proud of me.

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Saturday 25 May 2013

An interview with Grandson Jack

I would love to get inside Jacks head for a day, he loves pretend play and I love encouraging it, we often have a little chat about what he is playing so today I recorded it to show his girlfriend when he is 16 years old ha ha!

Isn’t it fun to pretend?

Friday 24 May 2013

Thick as Thieves–Sassy Cheryl's

Definitely best pals these these two don’t you think?

Thick as Thieves by Sassy Cheryl’s



You just have to love the expression on the dogs face, I coloured the image with Copic markers and chalk pencils and teamed it with Graphic45 paper.

the flowers are from Wild orchid and the pearls from Mei Flower 


I’m having an extra day off work, I thought with Monday being a bank holiday here in the UK I would take Thursday off work along with Chris, it will be lovely to have 5 days off together, we were hoping to get out today on our bikes but we have had every type of weather from Sunshine to hail stones so we decided against it.

We did however go and see about a new kitchen, but, I will keep that story for another day.

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Wednesday 22 May 2013

Behind Closed Doors Pop Up CD Cards

Just popping in to share the cards I made when I was at Create and Craft TV last week

If you haven’t got your CD yet there are still a few left here

Its always fun to send a card that pops.


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I made this one into an easel card and used the stone backing paper from the CD

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A summery feel to this one with the little field mouse and the strawberries. Again used the Backing papers from the CD.

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All the elements to make stunning cards from the CD


Get it now from La Pashe  here

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Tuesday 21 May 2013

Creations by AR May 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 Tux and Gown

I decided mine would be for Prom Gifts


I used a rufflled ribbon for the shirt front on the Tux

and embossed a swirly pattern onto the gown then glittered it.


A pearly necklace for the Gown and a little flower in the lapel for the Tux.



Tux and Gown Box Set


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Now hop on over to my team mates for more inspiration

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Monday 20 May 2013

Come Here Often?–Sassy Cheryl's

Sometimes you stumble upon an image that you just have to have, this was that image for me.

Come here Often by Sassy Cheryl’s


It is one from the Noah collection which reminds me of Grandson Jack



I teamed it with a striped paper, a couple of ribbons and a button and twine.

I had great fun colouring this one with Copic Markers and Chalk pencils.


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New Release Digital Stamps

Thinking of the sunshine at Just Inklined this week, we have been doing a sun dance and ordered a red hot Summer for you all.

Saturday 18 May 2013

At the age of 22 years old

It's unbelievable to think that Natalie has just turned 22 years of age, I pride myself on bringing up my children to be mature adults. so maybe I was wrong ha ha!
Natalie sent me this tonight very proud of her and partner Charlie making a movie to kill the boredom of staying in on a Saturday night, I think they have been watching too much Eurovision.


Golden Rose

I love days when I get to play and experiment, it doesn’t always lead to a card and sometimes in fact often can lead its way right into the trash can but sometimes I can get something I quite like from it.

Today I was playing around with glimmer mists, I had to dust them off first as they had been sitting on the top shelf in my craft room, I took a cream rose and spritzed it with the golden shimmers mist.

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I used the Cuttlebug to emboss a background piece of card and found some guilding cream to highlight the embossing.

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I used a Pumpkin bottom pearl from Wholeport to dangle from the silk ribbon bow, they are so pretty with the little jewel on the top.

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Friday 17 May 2013

Free Sneaker Template (cut files)

As promised the sneaker template in a Silhouette file, PDF file or a SVG file
Just click the word of the file you would like to download it
(please note if you have a pop up blocker on you may have to either click on the pop up blocker button on your menu bar and tell it that pop ups on my site are allowed or try right clicking on the link and tell it to open in a new window).
PDF (for cutting by hand)
Please abide by my Terms of Use.
You are free to use my templates for personal use and make cards to sell for charity but please do not share, alter, claim my templates as your own or sell them, instead link back to my blog for people to download them.
They are copyright protected.
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Thursday 16 May 2013

Blog Hop of the Month–Flowers

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 wonderful host this month is our fabulous Alice and the theme is incorporate some Flowers

The blog hop order is

 Alice, Mina, Pops, ME, Gretha, Kerttu, Debby.Y, Heidy

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I decided on Bastian with Bear from Mo’s Digital Pencil 

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Teals, Creams and Browns, coloured with Copic markers and chalk pencils, Lace from Wholeport  and pretty satin ribbon, flowers are from Prima.

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I think it all came together quite nicely

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Next up is Gretha and she has made something jaw dropping gorgeous 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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