Wednesday 26 November 2014

Jumping for Joy !!

as I had one mousey stamped and coloured image left from my last card, so just had to make another birthday card !!  The weather has turned so wet and cold you need something to make you smile....

 Got my little sewing machine out and added real stitching be it a bit wonky...still adds some texture. Inked and distressed all the edges and glittered some card candy.

Decoupaged the cupcake and mouse, then finished it all off with some real lace and a bow !!

Would love to enter:
The Pink Elephant Monday Challenges; anything goes
Through The Purple Haze: anything goes
Scribble and Scrap: always anything goes

Sunday 23 November 2014

Add a Little Sparkle

Sadly today is not sparkling at all, but very dull and wet !!
But my House Mouse card sure has a lot of sparkle .....

Isn't it nice to have a change from a christmas card....getting a bit fed up with making those now so a birthday card for someone special I think....

Lots of stickles,  die cutting,  fussy cutting,  lace and bows,  decoupage and handmade paper sprinkles !!

And loads of mousey fun !!

Would love to enter:
Sweet Stampin: its our birthday
4 Crafty Chicks; make it sparkle
Crafty Little Fairies; not a square
House Mouse and Friends; add a little sparkle

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Thank you

Isin't it wonderful to visit a crafty friend, sit and drink tea, eat wonderful homemade cake, put the world to right and then come home with a few crafty goodies !!

 Well thats what I did with my friend Nicki last Sunday and that deserves a super thank you card I think !!

 and here it is...

 This cute stamp is by LOTV and a past present from Nicki !! I started by making a sunray background paper at the bottom of my card leaving the top plain using strips of blue and green paper and then adding the stitching. Then embossed the whole lot !!  The flowers were made using a quilling die and I used the same die to make my edging.

 Coloured my cute bunny and butterfly with spectrum noirs, made a light cloud effect sky and hand drew the small flowers and grass. Fnished with some faux stitching around the edge.  the letters came with the paper pad, I just used a banner punch to punch then out.

It's so nice to say thank you to someone....

Would love to enter:

My Craft Creations: always anythning goes
Perfectly Rustics: embossing
Simon Says Stamp: thanks/thanksgiving

Friday 14 November 2014

French Fancy anyone ??

My mum use to love french fancy cakes, but boy have they got smaller !!  I just love cake....

This cute stand of cakes can be found  on a  Little Claire set of stamps called "Tea Party"

Tea Party stamp set

As you can see I have used a lot of lace....stamped and fussy cut out my three cake stands, coloured with promarkers, added loads of black dots, embossed a white circle and finished of with a ribbon and lace bow.

Would love to enter:
Fan-tastic Tuesday: anything goes with a twist add ribbon
Passion For Promarkers: lace


Wednesday 12 November 2014


it has turned chilly again.......

Well time is really running out just round the corner !!  I have cards sorted, but want to make so many gifts and know not all of them will get done !   Hay Ho thats the fun of CHRISTMAS !!

Anyhoo here's a mousey christmas card...

House Mouse and Friends are having a BRR challenge and a fab blog hop with loads of prizes to be won !!

I've cut 1 1/2" squares from two pattern papers to make my bachground paper and then added faux stitching. Stamped and coloured my mice using spectrum noirs pens, then added frantage and texture paste for the snow. used some dies to cut the pointsetters and leaves. Finished of with my usual bow !!

Would love to enter:
House Mouse and Friends; anything goes with option Brrr
Cutie Pie challenge; festive furry friends
Penny Black and More: anything goes
The Ribbon Girls : christmas card
Gruffies and Guests: anything goes/christmas

Tuesday 11 November 2014

What if I should fall ??

is another sweet new release stamp from Little Claire and you can find it HERE !!

 Used loads of circles for this card,  several dies to make flowers and stems, coloured with spectrum noir pens, matching paper from my stash and a ribbon bow to finish off.

The stamp comes with the super sentiment and cute little clouds too  !!

Would love to enter:
Craft-Dee-Bowz; anything goes with a handmade bow
Through The Purple Haze; punch or dies
Delightful Challenges; include patterned paper

Monday 10 November 2014


Well what can I say, but fabulous !!  The sun shone for us and we had a lovely coach ride to the NEC and got there just in time for the two minute silence....
 And this is what you see as you walk into the show !!

 The hand knitted wreaths were just wonderful...

Steve was really busy on the Little Claire stand and all the team's creations looked fab !!  Just had to buy a few things myself...

Say hi to Lindsay Mason...

I was really impressed with the show this year,  all the demonstrators had time to chat with you and seemed relaxed and not too tired.  It was really busy and there were loads of make and takes  and classes,   just not enough time to do any !! 
 And loads of crafty bargains.........

Saturday 8 November 2014

Bonnie Westie !!

Morning peeps !!

Hope you've got a fab weekend planed !!

Time for this months challenge for you at Little Claires and the theme is

Well.... you know I just adore animals so had to use "Bonnie Westies" and had to make a huge paw print easel card !!  
The sentiment is from the "Swirlball Flowers" set.

There is a super prize up for grabs !!

1 x Frosty Winter – Blue paper
1 x Small White Dots on Blue paper
1 x Gingham Lilac paper
1 x Snowflakes on Dark Blue paper
1 x Snowflakes on Blue paper
2m Red Tartan Ribbon
Red Bling Diamantes
3D Foam Sticky Squares
1 x A4 Sheet 3D Die Cut Decoupage – Fabulous Christmas
1 x Penguin Hugs stamp
1 x Joy, Hope & Wonder stamp

Check out the challenge and all the teams fabulous creations HERE !!

Would love to enter:
Crafty Little Fairies: not a square

Friday 7 November 2014

Dinkies Squirrel

Weekend is nearly here WHOOPEEEE !! I've got a busy weekend, christmas crafting tomorrow and then Sunday off to the NEC for loads of fun and shopping !!

Now if you not able to go this year to the NEC and feel like a treat, why not check out the new four release stamps from Little Claire.
 One of them is this super Dinkies Squirrel stamp , great for male or female cards !!

Wanted to make my card look a bit  like a tree, so lots of embossing and an embossed raised frame round the three squirrels.

Next.... lots of colour for my female card !!

Made a background with bight distressing inks and them embossed. Again made a raised frame round my three squirrels. 

If you are going to the NEC then why not say hello to Steve on the Little Claire Stand A45 !!

Would love to enter:
Love Rubber Stamps: anything goes
Through The Craftroom Door; always anything goes

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Special little one...

My word it has been very frosty again over night.....perhaps christmas is just around the corner !!

No christmas card from me today, but an adorable baby card using again the new Little Claire Elephant club stamps.

Lots of lace, faux stitching, dies and coloured with spectrum noir pens !!
Would love to enter:
Papertake Weekly; anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers; dies and /or punching

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Chip butties

Now you must be wondering why on earth I am doing a post about chip butties ??  Well I haven't had one for years and years and they bring back memories of when I use to work in a hairdressers over thirty years ago,  we had a pub down the road from us and in the winter we use to go down and order chip butties for out lunch !!   How warm and cosy were they....

Anyhoo how they came about today is the reason I am blogging about them.  I'm now a mobile hairdresser and mainly my ladies are older and house bound for one  reason or another.  Hilda is 96 and the power was being cut off while they do some tree trimming so she has no electric today. The last time it happened and she was off for several days,   nobody gave her a thought and she went without a hot drink and hot food for several days !!   She is a proud lady and wouldn't ask for help....
This time it wasn't going to be the same, hence I took her a flask of tea and fish and chips for her lunch.  Still nobody other than me has called on her......
Please, please please give an elderly friend or neighbour a thought when its cold or the power is means so much and brightens their day .........
hugs Diane xx

You are......

going to adore this months Little Claire's Elephants club stamp set !!

 They are adorable and suitable for birthdays, baby cards etc. My first card I have used the larger elephant stamp with loads of stars and pearls and coloured using spectrum noir pens !!

The second card I have used the smaller stamp of the same image,   but you don't have to make a small card,  I've stamped the image three times !!

  I drew round the letters onto a piece of white card, then coloured it with the same pink spectrum noir pen as I used for the elephants and cut them out so you could see the spotty background paper through them.  Then raised this panel with 3d foam tape.

 This card would be lovely for any mum young or old !! 

 Loads more inspiration by the team to be found on HERE

Would love to enter:
Penny Black and More: anything goes
My Craft Creations: always anything goes
Through The Purple Haze; anything goes

Sunday 2 November 2014

Photo Weave

Something a bit different this morning guys !!

I saw a photo weave technique in a book in a charity shop which had all sorts of pop up and outs for your scrapbooking pages and knew I had go give it a go.

You need two photos the same,  one in colour the other black and white.   The instructions were very vague, but on my second do and then undo and start again,   I got it all most right and I'm so chuffed !!

My friend Carol and I had a great day in Brighton and although the weather was very murky it was quiet warm, we even had an ice cream on the pier and just people watched.....

I've used some net ribbon, made my own shell embellishment with paper clay and coloured, then finished off with my most favourite thing...frantage !!

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