Sunday, 19 October 2014

My Birthday Blog Candy

Good Afternoon Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Well I will be another year older on Wednesday, this year sure has gone quick.
It is so true that as you get older the quicker time passes.

To celebrate my birthday and to that fact that I nearly have 1000 followers on Google Friends Connect I have blog candy to give to 3 lucky followers.

I want to thank each and everyone of you who visit, leave comments and have been following me both old and new for your support and inspiration, I do love to blog and visit you all too see what you have been up to too! 

Blog Candy 1

Blog Candy 2

Blog Candy 3

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win this candy is:

1. Follow or be a follower on Google Friends Connect (at the top of my blog)
2. Leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can be sure to follow you.
3. Add one of the pictures to your sidebar with a link to my blog.
4. Add your name to the Link Below

I will post worldwide too!

You have until Sunday 19th October at 12 noon and the winner posted the same evening. 
I will pick the winners using Random Org.

Good luck everyone!
Thank you for visiting
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Monday, 22 September 2014

Black and White

Good Afternoon Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors 

This weekend I managed to get a fair bit of colouring done, sorted out my box of lace which was a disgrace and of course visited my granddaughters.

Today has been very productive so far, managed to get a couple of DT pieces made and a couple for my blog.  I have a busy week ahead with DT work.

Today's card is a little vintage in monochrome.

Step by Step

1. White 6 x 6 square card with scalloped and embossed front.
2. I matted and layered black pearlescent card to the base card at an angle.
3. The next layer is a white square doily.
4. The topper is from Scribble and Scrap website which I have matted and layered onto black card.
5. To finish off I added a piece of black lace with floral bouquet and white pearl gems.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create #90 - Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap #27 - Always Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations Challenges #110 - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart #37 - Always Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Bling/Pearls

Many thanks for visiting Today
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Creative Blog Hop

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

I have been asked to take part in the Creative Bloggers Hop by two very talented

This is a continuous hop that will be every Monday with lots of amazing and very talented crafter's.

Here are the questions:

1. What am I working on?

At the moment I am working on my GDT pieces for Gone Artsy for next month.
In the evenings whilst watching television I like to crochet and am making some flowers and leaves for future projects.
I have also made a start on making Christmas cards to send to family and friends.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

This is a difficult question to answer, I personally don't think that it does.
I just create what is pleasing to me and what I enjoy creating.

3. Why do I create what I do?

Crafting has been such an important part of my life from being a young child.
My dad taught me how to knit and my nan taught me how to knit my dolls clothes, I then moved on to knitting my own jumpers and cardigans, then when I had my boys I knitted for them.
I was taught to crochet when I lived in Turkey for a year and still love making things today.
I started paper crafting about 16 years ago when I visited a craft shop looking for cards to put my cross stitch pieces in for Christmas, since then I just love all the different techniques you can use to create a card, alter items and canvas's.

4. How does your creative process work?

Oh my it can start from seeing a picture, or an idea pops into my head and I just go with the flow.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
If I am making my DT projects then I do have an idea or theme I need to follow and gather items together and take it from there.

I now need to pick 3 wonderful crafter's for next week.
This is going to be hard as I am inspired by so many talented ladies and gents.

I first met Kevin whilst we were on a DT together quite a few years ago.
He is amazingly talented and I just love visiting his blog to see what he creates. If you haven't visited his blog before I urge you to visit his creations are fabulous!

I met Doreen when she was one of my DT at Kraftyhands. 
Her creativity has evolved since then and she just WOW's me with her style and technique.
She creates the most wonderful scenes with PanPastels.

I met Connie when we were on the DT for Dude Time Doodles, we became very good friends, even though she lives across the pond.  What would we do without the internet?
I have loved Connie's work and she has sure been an inspiration since I first started blogging.

Well that is it for me, I hope you have enjoyed this post and looking forward to seeing their posts next Monday.

Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Sunday, 21 September 2014


Good Afternoon Crafty Followers Friends and Visitors

Hubby and I had a lovely day visiting our granddaughters who are growing so fast.
Alice is going to ballet school and little Florence has started pre-school.  

Today's card is for Mad Crafter's Giggle Challenge for this weekend which is "Nature"

Step by Step

1. 7 x 7 square cream pearlescent card which I have matted and layered autumn foilage patterned card from my stash.
2. The second layer is copper pearlescent card.
3. The topper has been made by brayering Sparkle Gel onto white glossy card then spritzing Mango Inkadinks, once dry I stencilled Golden Bronze Sparkle Medium over the Autumn Watch stencil. Once dry matted and layered onto the copper card.
4. To finish off I used the acorns die from the Tattered Lace Winter Florals die.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge #277 - Based on a Film Title (August Rush)
Wedoodoobadoo #15 - Something Masculine
Simply Create Too #70 - Fall/Autumn
4 Crafty Chicks #212 - Fall
4 Krafty Girlz Challenges #27 - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - All Fall Down
Milk Coffee Challenge - Colour of Autumn

Don't forget I have blog candy until 19 October. Follow the link here.

Many thanks for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Crocheted Flowers

Good Afternoon Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

I had a really lovely evening last night crocheting flowers using my crochet cotton from Turkey.

Here are a couple of pictures and I have written out the pattern for you too!
Why not have a go and please let me see photos of your flowers. 

These are the 6 flowers I made last night.

Close up of the flowers


 Using Crochet hook 2.00 mm and cotton make a chain of 6 stitches then form a ring with ss (slip stitch)
 First Round -1 chain (doesnt count as a st) 16 dc (double crochet)into ring, ss to first dc.
 Second Round -  4 chain (counts as dc and 2 ch) miss first 2 dc *1 dc into next dc, 2ch miss 1 dc, rep from * to end, ss to 2nd of 4 ch at beginning of round. (you should have 8 chain spaces.
 Third Round - (1ss, 1ch, 5 dc, 1 ch, 1ss) into each chain space to end, you should have 8 petals.
Fourth Round - 1 ch (doesn't count as a st), working behind petals of previous round: 1 dc around stem of first "dc" of 2nd round, *3 ch, 1 dc raound stem of next dc of 2nd round, repeat from * 6 more times, 2 ch, 1 dc into first dc. 8 chain spaces.
Fifth Round - (1 ss, 1 ch, 5 treble, 1 ch and 1 ss) into each chain spaces to the end. 8 petals, fasten off yarn.

I hope you have a go of these flowers, they are so easy to make and will be going on future projects.

Many thanks for visiting 
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Love to Dance...

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

I had a lovely lie in today, first in ages and I am now raring to go, been fed, watered and now in my craft room ready to get some serious colouring done.

Today's card is what I made yesterday, my eldest granddaughter has started ballet classes and I made this with her in mind.

Step by Step

1. 5 x 5 white square card which I have matted and layered white embossed pearlescent card.
2. The second layer is script patterned card in pale pink.
3. The next layer is red card embossed with musical notes cut in half and wrapped pale pink ribbon around.
4. I cut out Tattered Lace Doily Delights in white pearlescent card, added the little ballerina.
5. To finish off I added the words Love to, pearl gems and the letters DANCE.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity #194 - My Style
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #123 - Main colour Red
Polkadoodle #37 - Sketch
Sister Act Card Challenge #75 - Anything Goes

Many thanks for stopping by Today
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Friday, 19 September 2014

Sparkle Gel and Inkadinks

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

WOW I have been on fire this morning, all housework is done, 2 washer loads of washing on the line and showered and dressed all before 9.00 am.  Now it is time to hit the craft room me thinks :)

Today at 2.00 on Create and Craft our Sue from Imagination Crafts will be demonstrating Sparkle Gel and Inkadinks.  I LOVE these to products and have made a couple of tutorials in the past.

Here are a couple of cards I made yesterday, Sparkle gel is so versatile and I hope that you record the show to refer too when you get your own products.

On this card I stencilled the Sparkle Gel through the Apple Blossom Stencil and removed excess gel then sprinkled black embossing powder.  Removed the stencil and then heated the sparkle gel and it has given his a beautiful texture.

I mixed a  drop of Inkadink Beany Green to sparkle gel, spread it through the Ivy stencil, while stencil was still in place I spritzed the Inkadinks and removed the stencil, I love how it has darkened the leaves in places.

Using Inkadink Lilac Heave I spritzed onto glossy card, left it to dry and then cut out Tattered Lace Tumbling Flourish twice and added this to the card.

Thank you all for visiting and I hope you enjoy the show.
Sue will also be demonstrating on BJ Crafts stand at Ally Pally, why not pop by and say hello.

Crafty Hugs xxxxx