I know last week was messy, this week it's still messy AND I managed to make some cards in about an A4 space AND decorate some bags very simply but on the floor!

Son no 3 helped with some stamping and colouring in.

It's Mother's day in the UK on Sunday. I have to make cards for my mum and my MIL and a sweet friend who's daughter is too young to buy one for her (Hope you're not looking!)

Used the Card Patterns Sketch 108 for this, it's here.  Was inspired by Debby and used the punched lace border around the curve.

This one was made using the sketch on MojoMonday this week, you can find it here.

Made another card using the scraps on my table, and took apart a card that I made a while ago, and used some of the elements from it. (Bonus points if you can find it on my blog!) 

Some of the ingredients used:
Anna Griffin and Melissa Frances paper, Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, Leaf and Butterfly punch. Prima Flowers.


Ok, so it's even more messy...


That's because I've hardly been at my desk all week.  There are even some of my husband's comics he's left there.  The orange paper is where I cut out some stars for my DS no 2 to decorate his party invitations, and the white paper with holes in is prep for a craft activity at a children's club I help out with.
Thought I'd show you the bargain punch storage I picked up from a local charity shop.  It's really useful to have them where I can see them easily.

This is what I store my lace and some ribbon in.  It's an old wooden trug, and I've wrapped the lace etc around dolly pegs.  They look like little ladies with beautiful dresses on!

And this is part of the reason I've not been at my desk this week...

I've been crocheting!
I'd forgotten how much I really enjoy it.

Been inspired by some beautiful blogs.
The bunting pattern came from >here<.
I didn't do the edging featured on the pattern.

Ended up doing 12 triangles.
I'll try and take better pics in the sunlight tomorrow.
The colours are so much prettier in these pictures :)

Lace and ruffles

Here's another card using the lovely images from SistersScrapbooking.   Inspired by the frills on the dress I've added lace and ruffled paper doily.

SALT - Trust

It was Hazel's turn to set the theme over at SALT.
She choose the theme of TRUST. Please have a look at her thoughts on this subject and please feel free to join in.

This is a large altered canvas.  I painted it with white and gold acrylic paint before sticking the wording and embellishments down.

You hold my heart...

Isn't she cute?

I participated in a stamp swap on Crafts by Carolyn forum ages ago.  Recently found her in amongst the various images I got back.  Been using my Derwent Water Colour pencils again, trying to practice my colouring skills!

Some Ingredients:
Basic Grey paper, Prima Flowers, Magnolia and Hero Arts stamp, Nellie Snellen leaf punch.

Decided to list some of the items I have recently made on Etsy, please take a look >here< and let me know if you would like to commission me to make you something special.

WOYWW First timer

I have seen other bloggers participate in What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday, thought I'd try and join in once in a while.  Tried to do this whole post via my phone but couldn't see the pic, even though it was there.

I've had to hide what I'm working on for SALT tomorrow :)

A fine young lady...

The other week I was thinking about trends in card making and what isn't being done at the moment. Also what would I like and enjoy using and seeing on a card. My childhood fantasy was to be transported back to an era when ladies more beautiful huge gowns. And later on in my life this turned into an interest in costume design and then working for a bridal wear designer Hayley J.

So, I begun a hunt for some images of ladies in lovely dresses. First stop Etsy, and I wasn't disappointed. I found this lovely shop packed with loads of images for sale. It's called

I purchased 8 ladies, then by the magic of RoboMaster I programmed my Craftrobo to cut out the printed images, no fiddly cutting by hand!

Here is a card using one of the images.

Some ingredients:
Marianne Designs, Tim Holtz and Cuttlebug dies,

I'll fly away...

I'm still on a bit of high after my good news! (See previous post)

I've had a few cards waiting to be blogged. Experimented with new photographing set up this morning. I remembered I had bought this lovely book easel from a charity shop ages ago and thought that would be nice to put cards on. I am really fortunate to have a lovely bright (when it's sunny) conservatory, so I think that will be the room of choice. Kept the background simple for now with some large pieces of watercolour card.

The central piece was made using a collage technique with stamps, and then colouring with pencils and watercolours.

Some of the ingredients:
Anna Griffin stamps, Prima flowers, Marianne Designs dies and Nellie Snellen leaf punch.

Just a little bit excited...

...about making it onto the Scrap Revolution Guest Design Team!!!

Scrap Revolution have a bricks and mortar shop as well as online one, you can shop HERE.

They stock some wonderful products, and I am very much looking forward to receiving my package to make items for them. Thank you so much Sue for choosing me and the other inspiring ladies (the link to their blogs can be found HERE).

SALT - Attitude

It was Stacey's turn to set the them on SALT this week.

Please have a look at what she had to say and the other pieces the team created HERE.

I choose this verse as I have been challenged about my attitude towards other's recently. Sometimes people may do things that seem rude or unthoughtful, however we are still called to react lovingly and respectfully. I've made this little piece to hang in my home, I thought maybe by the bathroom mirror!

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