Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A start on Christmas!

Hi all

Lovely to have you here again...thank you for visiting yesterday and for your lovely comments. 

Well last year I was so on the ball with my Christmas cards and this year I am so far behind! Today was the day I decided to get a grip and make some. I actually made four but I'll just show the one today...I've got to draw them out in case I don't craft tomorrow 😂. 

I've used a mixture of dies - I even used the waste from a die. I started by using a gorgeous snowflake die from Sue Wilson - I cut the snowflake out of the White card. I trimmed the waste up and backed it onto red card. I then turned the snowflake and placed it on top of the waste. This was then glued to the white hammered effect card blank. The 'Merry Christmas' die is a Tonic one and is in two for the wording and one to cut out a back bit. I finished with just a few gems. 

Hope you'll pop by again tomorrow for the next card....thanks....Lea x

Monday, 14 August 2017


Hello all

I hope you're well. Thank you for the lovely comments on my's really kind of you to come by. I'm trying hard to keep up with visiting everyone's blogs so I hope I haven't missed anyone. 

I've been playing again today trying out something different. The stamps I've used are from Altenew. I cut two different sizes of white card and made black mats to match. I stamped my flowers and leaves onto the two layers of white. I used a little low tack tape to keep the two layers together so they didn't move when I stamped the different layers of flowers. I then stuck the stamped pieces to the black card and added sticky pads to the smaller layer before carefully lining up the image. I added a butterfly, sentiment (also from Altenew) and black pearls to finish. 

I don't like the darker green leaves so would do those differently next time....Lea x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

New Baby - youngest meets the oldest!

Good evening everyone

I hope this finds you well. I'm pleased to say the sun came back to play today and it's been lovely. The sun being out just makes you feel so much better. 

Thank you for your lovely comments on my posts. I really am very grateful for your feedback. I've been trying to keep on top of my commenting.....I hope I haven't missed anyone..if I have I apologise!

I'm showing you two cards today..both new baby cards. My nephew and his partner had a little baby boy a couple of weeks ago. I usually try to make personalised cards when new babies are born - I really like making this kind of card. On the first card the wording was PC generated. The baby details were cut out with a round die and backed onto an SB loopy circles die cut. The blue backing paper was from LOTV along with the little baby boy (I cut this out with my ScanNCut). These were backed onto blue card from my stash. I added a band of blue ribbon and lace. The pearl corners are from Creative Expressions. I finished with some blue gems, pearls and a bow. 

The second card also has an LOTV image on it. This time I didn't cut the baby out....I kept the rectangle shape and backed it into white card. This was backed onto a panel that had been embossed with a folder on one half and hand embossed on the other half using an embossing board. This was then put onto black and white panels. A band of yellow ribbon was added as well as a yellow bow. Attached to the bow is  a little silver pram charm. The card was finished with a sentiment from LOTV and some matching coloured pearls from The Hobbyhouse. 

I'm finishing with a photo of my Mum and the new baby....literally the oldest member of our family meeting the youngest member of the family.....Lea X

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

My Favourite Things!

Hi all

Before I explain my card I'd just like to say thank you to my lovely blogging buddies for their lovely words when I am feeling down about my dad. It's very comforting knowing people understand what I'm saying. It's not a situation I would wish on anybody. 

On a lighter note my card is quite a cutie and it was a joint effort with my son's girlfriend. We were playing around together with some new dies and stamps from My Favourite Things. Evie did the stamping and colouring and I did the layering for the card. The star die was actually a round one which we made to fit the square Peek a boo stitched die. The hippo was coloured using promarkers and the star die cut was coloured using the new Creative Expressions colour chalk clouds which I love. We finished with a few pearls. 

The second card was made at a workshop with Julia Watts. The Paris stamp was a Woodware one. It was stamped with clear versafine and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then blended three different coloured chalk clouds on the image. The background was made using a stencil and colour clouds. I used a stamp from Altenew for the sentiment and finished with pearls and some bakers twine. 

Well that's me done today. Until next time folks, take care....Lea X 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Golden Wedding Card

Good evening all

Hope you are well in Blogland. The weekend has flown - I can't believe how quickly this year is going too. 

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on previous posts. I am always extremely grateful that you take the time to pop by. 

Today's card is a Golden Wedding card I made for my lovely Auntie. It was a pleasure to make this one as my Auntie Kathryn has been so supportive to me since my Dad died. She is my Mums youngest sister and is only 12 years older than me so we get on very well. This card was quite difficult to photograph as it had a lot of gold mirror card on it. The heart dies are from Tonic while the leaf dies are from Sue Wilson. The sentiment was PC generated and I just used lots of layers as usual all backed onto gold. I added a band of yellow ribbon with lace and some flowers from my stash. I'm not sure where the Rose paper is from.....sorry! I also made a matching box to go with the card. I finished with pearls and gold coloured gems. Now I know things should be done in 3s, 5s, 7s etc but I've decided I quite like the look of just the two gems on my corners....maybe it will be my new signature....Lea X

A monochrome triple whammy!

Hi everyone

I know it's been a few days but I've been in a funny mood. Since my Dad died I tend to be a bit up and down....sometimes I can just sit for hours thinking.....others well, others my head is together and I craft. I've really been in a mish mash crafting mood, not really making anything for any particular occasion and do you know what.....I've really enjoyed it! The black and white stamped image on these three cards are from a Imagination crafts stamp. I stamped these images months ago and they've been sat on my desk. On my first card I cut the image down and backed it onto black. I then used a scrap of white embossed card and backed that onto black then layered them all up. The flower is made from a tattered lace die. I finished with a small dazzler. I'll add a sentiment later.

On the second card I put a piece of adhesive sheet on the image and then covered it with Cosmic Shimmer diamond sparkle. I love this glitter as its so fine and just gives a very subtle shine. I backed this onto black card. I then backed a piece of white card on black then layered them up. I will eventually add a sentiment and gems to this one too. 

The third card was a bit of a faff. I backed the image onto black card. I then cut out a frame using some embossed card. Im afraid I flattened the embossing when cutting it so I had to carefully realighn the card into the embossing folder (I told you it was a faff 😳 lol!) and put it through my machine again. Then I backed this on black and layered them up like the other cards. I did lift the frame onto pads so the card wasn't flat. Again a sentiment and maybe black flowers will be added later. 

I did enjoy making these cards and they didn't take too long. Note to oneself though....emboss the frame after you've cut it in future.

The first two cards were 6 X 6 cards and the third one 7 X 7. I've decided I really quite like a bit of white space left round the edge of my cards...could be a new thing for me.....Lea x

Monday, 31 July 2017

Version 2

Hi all

Hope you're all well. It's been quite a nice day today...the sun actually showed its face! 

I've been busy making a card with another background I made yesterday. I used the same stamps as amazes me how using different coloured ink can make a card that looks so different. I changed the layers slightly too although I still used black and white card. 

I finished with pearls from The Hobbyhouse. I love the colours these come in.....Lea x

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Something a bit different!

Hi everyone

Well it's been a few days. I apologise for not making it round very many blogs the last few days but after this I'm off for some visits! 

My card today is something a bit different for me. I put some inks onto my glass craft mat then sprayed them with water. I took a piece of watercolour card and 'smooshed' it through the ink and ended up with this lovely background. I then dried it off with my heat tool before using my stamping tool to stamp these gorgeous Woodware flower stamps and the sentiment from Creative Expressions. I used a couple of blue Promarker pens to highlight the petals of the flowers. I trimmed and mounted the background onto black and white card. I finished with some coordinating pearls from The Hobbyhouse. 

I'm probably going to add a little black bakers twine down the side. I am very pleased with this card...I've already got a different coloured background ready for the next card......Lea x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Graduation card

Hi everyone

Hope you are all well out in Blogland. Thank you for your lovely comments. Today's post as usual is very late. This card was quite a large one. It was a commissioned one and took a long time to make. Boy did it take a lot of thinking about too. I used some book dies to make the different layers....I used a Sue Wilson starry embossing folder for the top layer. The wording was all PC generated. The little scroll had the wording all the way through. The scallop dies are from Spellbinders....I used two different sizes to frame the sentiment. The mortar board was quite simple to make - it was just a square which I threaded a handmade tassel through. I added the book to a large was nearly A4 size. The card was backed with matching layers. I finished with a bow and a few pearls. I must confess I was quite proud of this card.....Lea x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Hello all

Thank you for the lovely comments on my last post. You really are all very kind. It is lovely to be back in the blogging world - as usual I have seen some amazing cards and projects. I've been ducking in and out depending on how I feel. This card came about by really wasn't meant to look like this. I was playing around with a Woodware stamp - these are actually some of my very favourite stamps. I coloured the stamp with some Altenew pens and I wasn't really very pleased with it. My son's girlfriend talked me into continuing so after weeks of sitting on my desk I carried on and made it into a belated card for a friend. I used a Tim Holtz die to cut the corner and then stamped a sentiment. I added a few pearls and finally I added an insert made with a matching colour card. The insert completely changed the look of the card. Finally I was happy and the card was posted! I hope you like it....Lea X 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Pretty vs Monochrome?

Hi everyone

I hope this finds you all well. As usual I'm very late blogging...the day just seems to get away from me. Once again my card is made from Hobbyhouse bits n pieces. This is a real pretty, pretty one...I love it. Everything on the card is from the kit.....all ribbon, flowers, pearl string etc all came with it. Makes it easy to match all the tones together with the card etc. It also makes for an easy, quick card. 

My next card wasn't made by was made with guidance from me! My grandson came to stay before Father's Day and made his Dad (my eldest son) a card. I must admit I was super impressed with this card. The stamp was I believe a Stampendous one. My son has a caravan so this stamp was very apt. It was stamped using a black Versafine ink then my grandson added some black pearls where the bunting is and used a black fine liner to highlight parts of the caravan. The background was made using a linen effect embossing folder which was then backed into black card. A piece of ribbon was added down the side. The card was finished with a sentiment stamp and pearls were added to the corners. It was a very simple card but I feel the monochrome effect was super effective. I love it....but I am biased lol....Lea X 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Hobbyhouse caravan

Hi all

I want to start by saying thank you for your very supportive comments on my blog...I really am very grateful for your lovely feedback. I've been trying to get round everyone's blogs - I'm sorry if I've missed anyone...if I have please give me a shout out! 

Today's card is one I made for my son's girlfriend. My son and Evie have a little caravan which is their pride and joy and they love to go off with it - I thought this card was very appropriate. The cream card is Creative Expressions coconut white....this goes lovely with all the pinks and greens in the Hobbyhouse pack the caravan topper came from. The bottom layer was pierced all the way round with a piercing ruler and pokey tool. The ribbons, twine, buttons and pegs all came with this kit. I couldn't resist using a bit of everything. Yes I know I got a bit carried away! The caravan topper is sitting on a SB loopy circles die cut and the bunting is from a Sweet Dixie die. The bit of sparkle you can see was done using stickles. I must admit it took me a while to make this card as all the small details needed a steady hand which of course I haven't got! I'm afraid a lot of patience was needed. 

Evie came over today as Mr B and my two sons went to watch the RedBull Soap Box race at Alexandra Palace. We decided to make keepsake cushions from some of my Dads shirts. I'm showing one of them here. I'm not a seamstress so I mostly 'supervised' while Evie used the sewing machine. We were really quite pleased with how they turned out. 

Well that's me done for today. Thank you for dropping by......Lea X

Friday, 7 July 2017

1st Birthday card

Hello all

Well what a beautiful couple of days it has been weather wise. I was pleased yesterday was nice as we had my wonderful Dads ashes interred and I think if it had rained I'd have screamed as every time I seem to go to the crematorium it chucks it down with rain. I visited again today as it is my Dads birthday and again it was lovely so I could actually just sit quietly up the Crem. 

It actually seems to be a day for birthdays as it is my eldest son's girlfriends birthday and also the birthday of the recipient of this card. He is my daughter's best friends little boy and he is an absolute little beauty. The image is again from LOTV. The papers are from The Hobbyhouse and were backed onto silver card. I used a little ribbon and lace across the card. The stars, cupcake and balloons are from SB Sapphire dies....the number die is a Tonic die. I finished with some little gems. I was very pleased with this card.....Lea X 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


Hi guys

I hope this finds you well. Thank you for the lovely comments on my blog - it's nice to be back in Blogland. I'm loving being back looking at your creations. 

I've got a double whammy for you today - two wedding cards made for my niece for when she got married last month. I've used a mix of Creative Expressions bright white and lilac card for the first card. The die cuts on the lilac card are all from the Tonic range and are often my go to die for weddings. As you can see I added lots of bling and pearls to the card. I finished with lilac ribbon and a little rose bud from my stash. 

The second card has an embossed mirror card background. The embossing folder was a Crafters Companion linen one. The die cut is from Tattered Lace. I cut it a few times so I could layer the wedding cake. I finished with a few gold gems and my trademark pearls. The pearl corners are from Creative Expressions. 

That's me done for today. Hope to see you soon....Lea X 

Monday, 3 July 2017

30th birthday card

Hello all

I hope you are well. It's been a beautiful day here today....not too hot, just right which suits me as the fibro really causes me to suffer if the weather is either too hot or too cold. When it was very hot a few weeks ago my poor hands and legs were really painful. 

I have very mixed feelings tonight - on the one hand I am super excited because my lovely youngest son is coming tomorrow evening for nearly a week - however on the other hand he is coming for a sad reason...we are laying my Dad's ashes to rest on Wednesday afternoon. 

On a brighter note let's talk about my card. This card was a commissioned card for a 30th birthday (state the obvious Lea!). The papers were from a really pretty pad by Anna Marie designs...I'm not keen on green but this pad is lovely. I backed the green paper layers onto white card. The sentiment was PC generated and glued onto two layers of my fave SB loopy circles die. I used white lace and ribbon on one layer. The pearl embellishments are from Creative Expressions and the flowers and bow from my stash. I do love all the colours on this card.....Lea X

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Coral birthday card

Hi all

I want to start by saying thank you for your very kind comments on my blog both about my cards and the loss of my wonderful Dad. I'd forgotten what a lovely lot my fellow crafting buddies are. 

My card is made using a Woodware stamp...I love this make of stamps and I have loads that I haven't used yet - it's a work in progress. My new stamping platform is brilliant for me for stamping. I love the fact if I don't stamp the image properly I can just restamp it. I coloured the flower with Altenew pens set A. I would love to do more colouring but my hand won't allow me to colour small areas so I tend to buy stamps with large areas. I do like layered stamps too as they take away the need for colouring. You guys should see me try to write a card - it always looks like a five year old has written them. I used a Sue Wilson embossing folder on the White card, the bottom of the coral card was done using a scoring board. The sentiment is from LOTV and it is sitting on my favourite SB die. The butterflies are die cut but I'm not sure of the make. I finished with my fave pearls and a pretty bow. The ribbon is from LOTV - their ribbons are lovely. The colour of this card is actually much better in real life.....Lea X 

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Baby card

Hi everyone out there in Blogland

Well I thought I'd show another card today. I had to check the recipients (the new parents) had received the card. My daughter ordered it for a friend of hers - my daughter said the new Mum nearly cried when she opened it - I'm pleased she liked it. 

The pink spotty paper was from The Hobbyhouse. I layered some white card with it. The pink pearls, ribbon and pink lace were also from The Hobbyhouse. The sentiments were PC generated. The larger one was cut out with a Spellbinder die. The little baby was from an LOTV art pad and cut out on my ScanNCut. Everything was finished with embellishments from Creative Expressions. I must admit I love making personalised cards like this. 

Right that's me off. Catch you again very soon.......Lea x

It's been a long, long time!

Hi everyone

Well you must be wondering where I've been. I decided to take a while off from blogging as I was spending a lot of time blog hopping and not enough time crafting. Unfortunately since I stopped blogging my life has changed a lot. Unfortunately my Mum was taken quite ill the end of December and was in hospital for five weeks. While this was going on my poor Dad was very tired and just seemed extremely unwell too - my poor Dad died at the end of February of secondary liver cancer. We were fortunate we got Mum home for two weeks before he died so they were able to be together. Sadly just as we should've been celebrating Mum and Dads 60th wedding anniversary we were having Dads funeral. We are still in shock but are trying to get on with life and looking out for Mum. I didn't craft for a couple of months but have started making a few cards again. I'm struggling with my tremor which has deteriorated a lot but am trying to find ways ways round it. All I can say is thank goodness for dies, cutters and stamping platforms!

Anyway to my card. This was made for my granddaughters 8th birthday. The image is from an LOTV art pad. I've used a dotted embossing folder for the background....I love this colour blue with the white....just gorgeous! The flowers are pre made from my stash - the sentiment is from my favourite relative ones from LOTV. I finished with a few gems.

I hope to start a little blog hopping again. See you there......Lea X

Ps the number die is a Tonic die. It has an outline die and a patterned one so cuts a few different ways. It's also a good size. X