Monday, 31 October 2011


Happy Halloween!

Granted it's not my most favourite time of year (I'm a big scared-y-cat!),  but the little one loves to dress up.

Busy, busy Monday as normal but wanted to do a quick post to wish you all a Happy Halloween.  How do you celebrate?  Because the little one loves to dress up, but is a bit of a wimp like her mum!  We have been going down to my Mum's and my Aunt's for trick or treat for the last 6 years, that way we can guarantee she won't see anything that will keep her up all night.

I am baking some cakes for this evening, I don't normally but the goodies you can get to decorate Halloween cakes is great......

Ooooo! What will they look like?! I will share the pics tomorrow.

We have our trick sorted (normally I'm hopeless to think one up), little one trapped her nail in the toilet door at school about a month ago and now her nail is lifting.  I think it is only hanging on by a thread but she will not let me touch it ~ it is so gross.  So if family want a trick tonight they can have 'The Curse of the Black Fingernail'
 Believe me you wouldn't want to catch it, bless her she has been so brave.

Hope you all have a great and safe evening tonight.
See you all tomorrow.

Love Em x

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Phew! A day off!!

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.

I have had a fantastic day off today, and to be honest it just keeps getting better.

Myself and my sister took the little one to the aquarium today down in Plymouth.  A little pricey but a great morning out.

We saw some great sea life, some of the photos are poor because we obviously couldn't use the flash.

Including the sharks

Abigail being our tour guide, she went not so long ago on a school trip ~ so she knew everything lol!

Then when we got home I checked my emails, and my Christmas cards are flying out ~ Yippee! Always makes you feel great, to think that someone actually wants to purchase MY hand made cards.

All packaged and posted.  With my new gorgeous mini business cards, that my lovely postie brought for me along with another little package.

I am now ready for my next cross stitch project......

I have also noticed I have gained quite a few new followers, thank you so much for joining me it is very much appreciated, hope you enjoy what you see.

Told you it had been a good day, maybe I could push my luck and get some card making in this evening or tomorrow =D

Thank you for popping by my blog, I hope I didn't ramble on too much.

Love Em x

Monday, 24 October 2011

Happy Monday!

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.

Today's card is for the following challenges:

LOTV Challenge ~ Bingo (Charms, Flowers & Buttons)
Meljen's Designs ~ Red & Gold
Totally Papercraft ~ Layer upon layer
Winter Wonderland ~ Vintage Christmas
The Secret Crafter ~ Wrap up warm

Materials Used:

LOTV image ~ Shine a light
Woodware border punch
Poinsettia's, gold bow, snowflake charm, red & white twine ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment ~ HOTP forever Christmas cards
Background paper ~ Forever Friends A Christmas tale
Ribbon ~ Pepper's Christmas party glittered ribbon sticker
Stickles ~ Star dust
Buttons, brads, gold card & flock from crafty stash
Pro markers

I added a flock detail to the fur of the little girl's coat, which unfortunately you can't see to well.  The weather is terrible and there is not much light anywhere in the house.

Sorry it's a short one today, but it is half term and life in our home is a bit crazy just trying to grab a bit of time to craft is pretty hard. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

Love Em x

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

What a mess ...........

Hi everyone & welcome to my blog

Today I'm taking part in WOYWW, although the shame should be to much to even open the door.

The computer & diary are ready to get today's orders out the way, so I can then crack on with the pile of stuff to the right... of which I am not quite sure what is in amongst it!

Piles of made cards, magazines, blank cards, tape measures??? of yes I am measuring up for a new bird cage for my Zebra Finches (Tom & Babs), Christmas gifts/cards packaged ready to list in my store.
As you can see just in the far right bottom corner the mess has even crept onto the floor (yes I do hang my head, and I can't quite believe I am disclosing all of my mess, lol!)

Best get going, I have until 4.15 today as the little one has Drama club after school. 
Thank you for popping by, I will be having a snoop around all of your lovely inspriational work desks tonight xx

Love Em x

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Robin Red Breast...

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

I had a spare afternoon so I thought I would have a play, so today's card is for the following blog challenges:

LOTV challenge ~ Warm & Cosy
Winter Wonderland ~ Robin Redbreast 
Daring Cardmakers ~ A Little Bird Told Us
Christmas Crafting ~ Little Robin Red Breast
Christmas Stampin' ~ Seeing Spots

Materials Used:

Poinsettia, Holly leaves and gold metal charm ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
LOTV image ~ feathered friends and Christmas circle sentiment
Glitter ~ Stickles ~ diamond (fur on coat), Stardust (snow) & Craft Planet red
Promarkers for colouring image
Polka dots/snow background paper ~ Festive Treats, Trimcraft
Holly paper ~ Pepper's Christmas Party, Trimcraft
Lace and red card from crafty stash

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, please feel free to leave a comment.

Love Em x

Friday, 14 October 2011

Acetate.. The sheer thought frightens me!

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.

A huge 'hello' to some new followers, thank you for joining me.

Today's card is for the following blog challenges:

Totally Papercrafts ~ Use Acetate.
Meljen's Designs ~ Challenge 80 use a ribbon
Polka Doodles~ Ribbons & Bows

Materials used:

Papermania aperture cards (I made the aperture larger to fit image).
Winsor & Newton Inks
Black Butterfly peel off.
Anita's gems
Ribbon from crafty stash

The thought of this challenge was a nightmare, to be honest I was going to completely avoid it.  I have never used acetate on my cards and the sheer though terrified me!

But I had a bit of a play.......

I think painting the peel off version works best for me, I just wasn't quite happy with the other two.  Can't put my finger on what I don't like about them, I suppose just well out of my comfort zone.

Well I have tried something new today, what about you?  Have you tried anything new lately? Put yourself out of your comfort zone.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog
Hope you all have a great weekend

Love Em x

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Tis the season.....

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.

Today's card is for the following blog challenges:

Crafty Catz ~ Challenge 103 and it's a recipe
Allsorts ~ Bear with us
Papertake weekly ~ Get in shape
Winter Wonderland ~ Autumn colours

Materials used:

Hot off the press ~ Forever Christmas Cards
Docraft Kraft Basics 12" pad
LOTV Christmas circle sentiments
LOTV James Bear ~ Deck the halls
Anita's Christmas ribbon ~ gold
Craft planet red glitter glue
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ gold metallic bows
Buttons and gold elastic cord from crafty stash

I have been busy here making Christmas goodies and cards, the first lot of which have been listed in my e-bay (just click the top right e-bay logo). 

Girl's hand decorated hair clips.

Metal clip covered with felt ~ hand stitched.
With felt snowflake, glittered snowflake button and gold seed beads.

At just £2.50 each they make great little stocking fillers.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog

Love Em x

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

One for the boys

Hi everyone

So sorry that it has been so long since my last blog! Life has been a little crazy to say the least.  Now catching up on everything and I think I am over the worst of the post holiday blues.

Today's card is for the following challenges:

Sir Stampalot ~ Food glorious food

Materials used:

LOTV stamp ~ Cheers Bear
Coloured using Pro Markers
Background papers:
Paper cellar Men's
Docrafts ~ Kraft basics pack
Star brads from crafty stash
Ribbon ~ Celebrate ribbon by the spool
Peel Offs ~ Anita's lettering

Everything is on Christmas mode here, work and craft.
I have been busy starting to create handmade Christmas gifts. 
Here is a little sneaky peek... Can you tell what it is? (perfect little stocking fillers for little girls........) 

 They will be listed this week on my e-bay store so watch this space.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  I am going to leave on a very inspirational photo ~ From my most favourite place in the world!

(I think you may see a few more pics like this over the next couple of weeks.......
Sorry just can't help myself.)


Em x