Ice Cream & Dream

Hello Everybody!

How time flies. I so looked forward to going to the HobbyCraft Fair at Aintree … and now it’s all over. Well Alison spoke to one of the exhibitors and they mentioned that it was the last one at Aintree because it’s moving to Manchester’s Event City. Apparently it is going to be on a larger scale with more space for demonstrations and make & takes. Would be great if there was a train station right outside. will have to find that one out.

Never mind, I was able to bag a bargain or two … I had to make a quick couple of bits for the craft fair yesterday and I managed to create these funky covered notepads … the delights of summer in a handbag …

… strawberry ice cream and picnics. I can just hear you say dream on. 🙂  The ice cream punch was one of the bargains and all I used were some pretty papers, funnily enough they came from a pack called picnic in the park I think it was and I got them last year with a magazine, the pink paper is from Wild rose Studio … add a bit of glitter glue …  and you have delicious ice cream.

The other punch, again a bargain, is one of the new Tonic Studio Border punches and it is a delight to use. The label punch is from Stampin’UP!

Unfortunately the fair wasn’t busy, on the upside I now got plenty of stock left for next month (26th May), and all I have to do is work on the presentation.

Tomorrow I am seeing Dianne and Fanny for a crafty exchange. I know one of the things I will do, but I am still looking for inspiration for the other one. This is where I am starting to dream … maybe I need some magic here …

I worked with my homemade spray inks to create the background. The stamps I used are from Lily of the Valley (LOTV) and Penny Black; the punch is from Creative Memories; early espresso cardstock, peach parfait and pumpkin pie inks from Stampin’UP!; everything else from your local craft shop.

Hope you like it. Back again later in the week for the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge. Until then…

Happy Crafting!!!


Oh, I almost forgot, I also updated the Stamping Classes page with new dates. xxx

Felin Uchaf and Challenges

Hello Again,

I have decided to join into the fun of entering challenges. I have recently been in touch with Florence who lives in Spain. She is part of a weekly challenge group called the ‘Hatters’. I thought it was interesting and a good way to stretch my imagination. This week is the first week for me to post an entry on the Hatter’s Blog

Here is what I made:

I framed a picture of the fireplace in the large roundhouse of the Felin Uchaf Project. For the background I stenciled some half archways taking the inspiration from the picture itself. Some rough distressing around the edges to finish it off – symbolising the smoke of course.

As a first attempt at making a large scrapbook page – not bad at all. I am quite happy with it.

Let me know what you think, comments are very much appreciated. 🙂

Here is what I used – all from Stampin’UP!: inks – early espresso, crumb cake, close to cocoa, mahogany distress ink and early espresso Stamp’n’Write Marker; very vanilla card plus Medallion and Broadsheet Alphabet stamps.

Off to Wales in a bit. Have a great weekend.

Happy Crafting!!!



Hello Everybody,

today I am back taking pictures indoors. You guessed it – it’s raining again …..

So out came the sunlounger in the conservatory to get some sun, summer and holiday feel into the picture.

Today I needed to make a quick anniversary card as it is our 14th wedding anniversary. Recently due to holiday etc. I didn’t get much time on my own to make one, and in due form, rising to the challenge, I got up early today to create what I think is quite a masculine card despite the hearts.

All the supplies are from Stampin’UP! apart from the twine, which is from The Ribbongirl, and the Texturz embossing plate from sizzix.

I got to leave it here for the moment – work is calling … back later for an edit xxx

So what else?

I am looking forward to going to Aintree to the Hobbycraft Fair next week and I’ve just completed a basic shopping list of things I want to look out for. I shall let you know how I got on.

I also booked myself a table at a local ‘crafts & more’ fair next week Saturday at Hoylake Community Centre in Hoyle Road. I am hoping to sell some of the cards and boxes I made plus some of my stamps, punches and cutting dies to make space for new goodies.

Talking goodies, if you ever wondered where I get my supplies from, starting next week I will run a little series talking about my favourite suppliers, some you may know others may be new to you. You may also have noticed that I changed my template. This is part of a general re-vamp of my blog. In time I will be adding a few more features with details of suppliers, favourite blogs, magazines etc, of course wherever possible there will be a link. Off to do some crafting now, need to make some small bits for the craft stall next week.

Happy Crafting!!!


Washi Tape and Towyn Beach

Hello Again,

First of all: Thanks so much for all the lovely comments and likes of my ‘Yet more notelets’ post.

So what else have I been up to. Well as you know I went to Wales for an Easter Holiday …. and I came home with Washi Tape. I stumbled across it at the little kiosk near Towyn Beach, or at least that’s what I tend to call it. Daloni sells all these lovely crafty bits there … and I tend to go for the coffee cake. Anyway whilst I was waiting for my coffee and cake, I had a little look around and found some Washi Tape whose pattern matched a stamp of mine. The purchase of which seemed to be a no brainer.

Never mind that I couldn’t understand why it was in all the magazines … that’s until I had used it. The one I got has a translucent pattern which nicely allows the colour of the card to show through. It also has a pleasant texture and most of all it is re-positionable. So here is what I made:

 You can see the faint detail of the stamp I used to create the background and how it picks out the pattern of the tape.

Here is what I used:

from Stampin’UP!: Wow Flowers stamp set; pink pirouette, pretty in pink and basic grey ink pads; pink pirouette, pretty in pink, rich razzelberry and basic grey card stock

from your local craft store: Stampendous Sentiment Stamp; card blank; white card stock; pearls; X-Cut Butterfly Punch; Nellie’s Border Die

from Daloni’s kiosk: pink and grey Washi Tape

Last but not least: for those of you who are looking for tickets to the local Stamp Fair at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, Wirral here is the link: . Good luck in getting your ticket.

Back again tomorrow.

Happy Crafting!!!


Yet more notelets!!!

Hello Everybody,

back from holiday and I hit the ground running with a busy week at work last week. On the side I also prepared for last weekend’s card class. One of the things we made was a notelet box and 4 cards to go with it. I was basically wanting to teach how to make the box whilst at the same time making some good use of some card stock I got a while back. Here is what I came up with:

I quite like the colours of this one, they make it look a bit antique. I used a simple design with a few detailed features for the cards. I also didn’t want too much of a 3D effect to avoid the box becoming too bulky. The budding vine embossing folder adds plenty of texture and interest.

Here is what I used:

from Stampin’UP!: Triple Treat Flower stamp, Elementary Elegance stamp set (Hello stamp), Fancy Flower punch, Bravo Burgundy and More Mustard ink pads, Bravo Burgundy Stamp’n’Write Marker

from your local craft shop: Candi, gems, cream organza ribbon, card blanks, white & coloured card stock, Budding Vine embossing folder and your usual consumables.

Luckily the weather was good enough to -for the first time- take the pictures outside.

Hope you like the project!

Back again tomorrow.

Happy Crafting!!!