Monday, 3 February 2014

Make It Monday #151: Drop Shadow Die Cuts

A really quick post this week as I'm off dancing for the rest of the week :-)

So the challenge this week over at PTI was drop shadow die cuts.  So here's the card I made for the lovely Hans for his 50th Birthday.  I love this technique and can see it being used a fair bit in the coming weeks.

Have a great week and thank you for the warm welcome back in to blogland.

Love ya

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Back in blog land!

After a long time away it's time for me to return to blog land. It's mainly for a weekly challenge that I'm undertaking with the most talented Anna. After a fabulous weekend of creativity with my darling friend we want to keep that vibe going, so we're going to follow the make it Monday challenges, over at one of my my favourite creative spaces, papertrey ink.
So last week the technique was a lattice layer and this was my offering.

So a big thank you to Anna for the challenge. Let's do it.


Love ya




Sunday, 2 December 2012

December - really??!!

I know it's a sign of getting old but where on earth has this year gone.  This year just seems to have flown by although you wouldn't know that from the lack of activity on my blog.  Unfortunately when life gets super busy my blog is the first thing that seems to get neglected.  So I am really sorry to those of you who pop by here occasionally to see what I've been up to.  So before I show you what I've been up to today I can tell you since my last blog post, I've been dancing in London and malmo (Sweden), had a fabulous holiday in the US visiting Julie, Eric and Jane, been on two crafting weekends with my lovely friends and taught an amazing group of ladies how to make a wall hanging and a cute card at Craftaganza.  So as usual just a quiet couple of weeks!!

This weekend, I've had a very relaxing weekend at home.  I've caught up on lots of mundane bits but also my My Life scrapbook, one page for each week of the year for 2012.  Then I decided to get a little Christmassy and make a decoration for the hearth.  I'm covered in glitter but so happy with the way it turned out.

All files from and the paper is My Mind's Eye I Believe collection.

I've entered this into a competition over at but I'm also popping it into challenges at:
Totally Gorjuss - Anything goes with Glitter
Totally Papercrafts - Anything Christmassy but a card 

Thanks for popping by.

Love ya

Monday, 1 October 2012

Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge Blog

As it's time for the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge Blog it must be the 1st of the month again and this week it really feels like winter is here with all the wind and rain.  However before we move in top Christmas we have our Crafter's Companion birthday to celebrate in October, so this month the challenge is BIRTHDAYS.   I've had these SVGs from SVGcuts (Happy birthday To You set) a while but not got round to cutting them with my beloved eCraft machine, but now I'm completely hooked.  I love the K-card (or sometimes called a lever card) and it literally took minutes to cut and assemble and how cute is the little cupcake that can be filled with a gift or choccies.

An inside view

How cute are all those buttons?

A cupcake that's syn free - my kind of cake

The flower file that comes in this SVG set is definitely going to be a favourite and I can see it popping up on all kinds of projects!

The papers are from Fist Edition papers and can be found in places like The Range.

Don't forget to come and enter at the challenge blog, there's a great prize up for grabs.
I can't wait to go and see all your fabulous work.

Love ya

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Rolf Harris and the Circus

You've got to love any day that starts with you knowing you're off to meet Rolf Harris and then later you're going to the circus. For those of you that pop over to read by blog ramblings regularly you will not be surprised that this is a weekend with my lovely friend Anna.

So after a great breakfast (yes I'm still obsessed by food) we went into Cheltenham to the Whitehall Gallery for the VIP meeting with Rolf. Yes it meant we went in first and Anna got to buy some original line drawings and get them signed too. He's genuinely funny and was lovely to everyone. Here he is with Anna.

Then we came back to Anna's to relax and have some dinner. A new recipe for me out of the one pot cookbook from Slimming World, creamy mushroom pasta - delicious.

Then it was off to Giffords Circus at Cirencester. If I'm honest I had no idea what to expect, but whatever I did expect it wasn't the amazing magical experience I had tonight. Just driving up to the field made my heart skip a beat. The tent was beautifully lit and all the caravans and trailers were the old fashioned ones all painted the same. It was adorable. The tent wasn't huge and I loved that and we managed to squeeze onto the from row. From the moment we took our seats I was either laughing, clapping or just aghast at the whole spectacle.

How cute were the band?

At first we thought the white suit people were just going to dance but no this is the circus after all! The chap danced up and down those stairs on his hands - totally amazed.

During the interval Anna grabbed a cup of tea and we also got a peek at where they serve dinner after the show. Next time the circus is in town we so want to do this.

Then there was the kooky bird girl, she was so expressive.

Last but by no means last we're the acrobats that had us enthralled and catching our every breath.

Anna and I even got involved at the end when we got up to dance in the finale. Thank you tap dancing lady for coming to get us. Gifford Circus is really something special and magical, so if ever you get the chance to go, jump at it.

Thank you for another fabulous day Anna, you book the best adventures. Now it's time to play with some paper and glue.

Love ya



Sunday, 9 September 2012

Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

How do you a follow a night at Carfest with a night out with your swing dance friends of course. Meschiya Lake and her fabulous band were playing at Gateshead Town Hall, so we went along to listen and dance. Luckily they'd left us plenty of room to dance. They're such a great band to dance to, they even have their own dancers on stage, the lovely Amy and Chance.

After they'd finished we decamped to Hoochie Coochies for more dancing and I even had a dance with Chance. Jazzy took some great photos - Flickr

So all in all a fabulous weekend.
Also big thank you to a friend who was there when I needed a virtual hug :-)
Love ya




Saturday, 8 September 2012


Oh my what a fantastic day. I had a great demo day then rushed down to meet Anna so we could go to Carfest. She really is the best friend a girl could have and knows me so very well. We're both avid fans of Chris Evans and his breakfast show on BBC radio2 each weekday morning and when we found out he was organising a festival we knew we wanted to go. One slight problem, tickets were like hens teeth. But Anna to the rescue via the florist in Nailsworth and at the last minute 2 day tickets were obtained.

So we arrived rather late in the day but that didn't stop us having the most fabulous time and being rather excited. We got to see the cars, including the magnificent seven and even chitty chitty bang bang


The great setting of Cholmondeley Castel (pronounced Chumley)

Even the food was good

The atmosphere was electric but family friendly too, with lots of little people being there. We got to see The Proclaimers, Paloma Faith (swoon - she is amazing) and Texas, all hosted by Mr Evans himself.

The Proclaimers - 2 guys with guitars that know how to start a party.

The beautiful, kooky, hilarious, super talented Paloma Faith

He even got the local constabulary dancing to YMCA!

I'd forgotten what a great voice Charlene has, I'm off to search spottily for some Texas.

We ended up pretty much at the front, not bad as we were last to arrive. I don't think I stopped, singing, screaming, dancing and jumping up and down for hours. Well it was only when it was time for the. Fireworks before we left that I calmed a little, but not much as they were great fireworks.

Thank you Anna for making this night happen and thank you to Mr Chris Evans for giving up bread for Lent and because of it, making Carfest happens and raising lots of money for Children in Need.

The only regret I have is I had to cancel on another of my bested friends to go to Carfest, sorry Gwyneth. I will make it up to you.

Love ya




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