Saturday, 25 September 2010


We've just been told that Johns niece is expecting her first child. As a little present for her and her husband I couldn't resist making some little bootees as a congratulations for the parents-to-be. I know that most people don't really put their babies in hand knitted clothes anymore, but I just had to get my knitting needles out. The pattern I've used is one that my nan owned many moons ago. Its that old the pattern is showing a price of 6p lol!

Hope they like them.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Lily of the Valley Challenge 64 & Cupcake Craft Challenge 108

The challenge at Lili of the Valley is a card for the boys. I've had this Lili stamp for a while because as soon as I saw it I had to have it for my husband. He is fanatical about his bikes, and sometimes he will take our dog Archie with him (but not sitting on his bike tho'), as Archie just loves running alongside him. I used the sketch provided at Cupcake Craft Challenge. I find it so much easier following a sketch. The papers I used were K & Co Roam, the Lili of the Valley stamp was 'Riding my bike' and I used a Whimsy Ticket Sentiment. Hope he likes this card.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 66

Another lovely sketch provided by Arlana to give me the inspiration to create another card. This weeks sponsor is Meljens Designs. That also gave me the opportunity to use one of her lovely designs that I have had a while but never got round to using. I really enjoyed colouring in my collie with his flower. The papers I used were Stampin' Up Summer Picnic, I used my Swiss Dots embossing folder on the side strip, and punched out the flowers using my EK Success flower punch. I really enjoyed making this card, and I'm quite pleased with how my flowers look.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The Great Orme, Llandudno

Today we went to Llandudno, Wales to climb to the top of the Great Orme. What a gorgeous day compared to yesterday. Well we got to the top with glorious sunshine and beautiful blue skies (even tho' my legs were feeling slightly tired) and were greeted by Welsh Mountain Goats, they were a sight to see. The Great Orme is 679 feet from sea level. The views are amazing, you can even see the Isle of Man. After an ice cream and a rest we then got on the Aerial Cable Cars which is the longest aerial cabin line in the British Isles. I wasn't too sure on going in one of these as I have a really bad fear of heights, but I did it and wasn't too scared, but unfortunately poor Archie was. Half way through the journey he decided he wanted to sit on my knee and then thats when the shivering started, and carried on until we got off. Poor Archie, but he soon recovered. After a bit of retail therapy we had a cream tea mmm before heading for home. And the good thing about it is that it is only about an hour and a half away from home.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

The Dream

Today is our 2nd day of our fortnight holiday. We have decided to have days out, so we headed to St Helens to see "The Dream". Dream takes the form of a 20 metre high girls head with her eyes closed. The sculpture was erected last year as the people of Sutton Manor wanted some form of monument to the former colliery. It is amazing to view, and there are plenty of walks around the site. As always Archie got in on the picture. He had a brilliant time even tho' it did rain for some of the walk. Great British weather don't you just love it.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #65

I received my new Penny Black stamp today, so I was itching to ink it up. The sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday gave me the opportunity to use it. I used 2 different papers for the card Forver Friends Santa's on his way and Dandelion & Daisy A Winters Tale. The Penny Black stamp is called Xmouse Ornament. I used Glamour Dust on his snowflake. I don't know whether I've gone a little bit over the top with snowflake paper, but I suppose it gives the card a more christmassy feel to it.

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge 119 Lets get sketchy

Loved the sketch at Spoon Full of Sugar challenge, so out came my Lily of the Valley stamp Lazy Afternoon. I used Basic Grey paper Wisteria, my Martha Stewart punch, and the birthday message is from Craftwork cards.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Week 116

The challenge at Penny Black this week is Summer Lovin'. Our friends are celebrating their first wedding anniversary soon and will be travelling around Italy (lucky things). They will be finishing the trip off in Venice. What better place for Summer Lovin'. It is one of the most romatic cities I've ever been too, so how appropriate than to ink up my Venezia stamp. I tried to use the colours of the Italian flag for the card (green, white and red). I used a Sizzix Wedding Set Scrollmark embossing folder for the background in white, cut the image with Nesties Label 4. Embossed the heart with silver, and unfortunately its not showing on the picture but I used glossy accents on the clouds and some of the venetian waters. Hope they like it.