Monday, 23 November 2009

November challenge

Here's my entry for the November Challenge over at The Craft Garden. The theme for this month is SPARKLE it's up to you how little ot much sparkle you use just a hint of glitter will do, but most crafters are not happy with just a little glitter. I ended up with quite a bit of sparkle due to the bottle of stickles exploding but ho hum cant beat sparkle. Why not pop over to the The Craft Garden and have a look in Kerry's shop which is packed with yummy Prima Flowers.

Here's my entry apologies for the photo the light was really poor when i took it

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Here's my entry for The Craft Garden the theme is Flowers. Why not pop along and join in there are some gorgeous prima flowers up for grabs and also a shop full of Prima flowers to buy

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Crafters Kitchen blog candy

Wow Jak from Crafters Kitchen is giving away this fantastic Quickkutz Silhouette pop along to her website and leave a link and comments for a chance to win good luck everyone

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Back to school

Well the school hols are finally over, well nearly back to school on Tuesday. Normally i'm not ready for the kids to go back as quite like them being at home but got to say this year I am. Think the bad weather has'nt helped so we've had a few "im bored" but on a whole it has'nt been all too bad. Last weekend we had our annual Rainbow sleepover and have to say it went off without a hitch and all the girls were really good. I'm so pleased it all went well as this time I was being assessed for my overnight licence and my mentor was fantastic she was really supportive and was very happy with everything we were doing. I was presented with my certificate and all I have to do now is get the accounts passed and I will gain my qualification. Hopefully i will be able to get more crafting done and try get some more christmas cards done. I have just purchased my first digi stamps and have got to say they are fantastic just need to have a play with them, so if anyone knows of any good digi stamp sites I would be grateful for some pointers.
Happy Crafting

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Sleepover time

arghh it's that time of year again Rainbow sleepover time. It comes around so fast and i'm always worried & stressed with the build up but hopefully ive got everything in order and it should go off without a hitch. Were only taking 8 girls this year so a nice number but masses of paperwork to do and lots of shopping but the car is half packed all ready for the big event tomorrow. Hopefully we should get some sleep but never plan to get much and no doubt come Monday the stress will have gone lol well as soon as their parents pick them back up. Wish me luck im sure we will have lots of fun fingers crossed
Happy Crafting
Another christmas card done thats 4 now lol

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

exam results time

Tomorrow is GCSE results day and got to say im not looking forward to it, just hoping my son gets results he needs to carry on at 6th form. Hit a bit of a problem though as results are out from 10ish and my daughter has her physio appointment at 10 so need to split myself in two to keep everyone happy. We're halfway through another week of the school hols and still no sign of summer, can guarantee day they go back the sun will show itself. Went to the local park today for a dog walk needed a hard hat as kept getting smacked on the head from falling conkers. Was quite surprised at how many of the tree's are changing colour and losing their leaves and it's only August not looking good is it?. Had a proud moment today as my 5 yr old had been for occupational therapy and came out beaming and very giddy all because she had learnt to tie her shoe laces. I know its not a massive thing but we did'nt expect it and were quietly told by the therapist it would probably take her quite a while to manage it but she did it and im proud as punch. This is following her learning to ride her bike unaided which is another big acheivement these holidays (another hurdle she has overcome) so in the big picture these holidays have been really good and I have a very confident little girl. Oh well i'd better go and sit and worry about results tomorrow. But to finish here's a card I made and the 3rd christmas one ive managed to get done.
Happy Crafting xx

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Lazy Sunday

Well i've decided im going to have a lazy Sunday. Weird thing is it has'nt been that lazy until now, so far i've hoovered, dusted (in a fashion), done 2 loads of washing & pegged it out, a pile of ironing, walked the dog all before lunch. Now im sat watching the F1 and ive decided it's gonna be a lazy sunday. Steven has taken little one to visit nanna & grandad so im enjoying the peace & quiet even if it will be short lived. Hope you all have a good Sunday too and go pop over to The Crafty Den for a chance to win some fab candy.

Happy crafting xx

Might as well add this card I made few nights ago

To make this card I used

  • Cardstock Bazzil
  • Magnolia stamped image
  • DP not sure purchased by the sheet at local craft shop
  • Buttons & fibres My Mind's Eye asparagus set
  • Embossing done with cuttlebug floral fantasy embossing folder
  • Prima flowers

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Where did the weeks go?

Well were approaching the end of August already can't believe how fast the school hols are flying by. Before we know it we will be rushing around like headless chickens for Christmas pressies. But before all that we have the dreaded school uniform shopping to so. I thought i was organised and had everything only to discover a new coat is needed plus shoes & trainers not to mention pinafore dresses & tights argh. Well I braved the shoe shops on Monday and because Clarks was so busy they had a adopted a 2 queue system, 1 queue for measuring then join another queue for fitting. I felt sorry for the young lady who shouted our number for fitting little did she know what she was taking on LOL. With Daisy and her strange feet not to mention her insoles that have to fit in her shoes things started to go downhill very quickly. The young lady was extremeley helpful and very patient even after the 12th pair of shoes only to look defeated when she could'nt get a single pair to fit properly (poor lass). Anyways we left the shop not happy chappies but wandered to Hush Puppies and after the 4th pair we managed a pair that fit well I say fit I don't expect miracles. Lets hope we get 3 months growing room as promised as im dreading the next visit.

Well im managing to get a bit of crafting in but not much but each card makes is one less of the list

Happy Crafting all xx

Here's one i made earlier

To make this card i used
  • Card from stash
  • DP by papermania
  • Flowers cut on big shot
  • buttons & ribbon from stash
  • Stampes images Cupcakes are Forever Friends (thanx Lisa) & Lady on cupcake i recieved this in our stamped image swap over at Crafters Companion

Friday, 14 August 2009

mojo is back

Well i think my mojo is coming back it seems to have gone AWOL of late. But better not speak too soon, got few things on next few weeks got a feeling card making will be sidelined. I have to say the school hols are passing pretty quickly before we know it, it will be mad rush to check everything has been bought for the new term. Well i suppose i'd better tackle the growing mountain of ironing thats waiting for me, but at least ive managed to get the grass cut before the heavens open.

Here's a card a made a couple of nights ago (might be the last i do for a while)

To make this card i used

  • Card from stash
  • DP Papermania spring papers
  • flowers cut from sizzix die
  • Magnolia stamped image
  • Gems from Papercellar
  • Ribbon from stash
  • Sentiment (from bargain bucket in local craft shop)

Sunday, 9 August 2009

The sun is out

Wonder how long the sunny spell will last for, no doubt it will change as soon as i plan to take kids out this week. Dont seem to be getting much crafting done during the holidays , but at least it's not at a complete standstill. Managed to get this card done last night

To make this card i used

  • White & yellow card from stash
  • Magnolia stamped image coloured using whispers
  • Brown velour ribbon by Papermania
  • Buttons from stash
  • Backing paper from Spring Life pad by Papermania
  • flowers cut with Sizzix Hello Kitty dies
  • Brads Spring Life by Papermania

Happy Crafting

Love Donna xx

Saturday, 8 August 2009

pink gem designs

why dont you all pop over to pink gem designs for a chance to win some gorgeous stamps.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

I must do better

Well again it's been a while since i posted anything. Hmm what can i blame this time lol but my computer did break so was without it for over a week so theres one excuse. Nothing new happening here. It's now school hols so the next few weeks will be a blur of playmobil, colouring, kids tv and Dr who but i will come out fine at the end (I hope). Ive managed to get a bit of crafting done whilst computer was kaput not to mention ive caught up on all my washing, ironing and yes the dirty word cleaning.
Here's a few cards I made

I love this shape of card thanks for the template Nicki

Can you tell i really like this shape of card LOL

I did this one for Wendy's sketch challenge over at Crafters companion

Friday, 10 July 2009


I cant believe it's been so long since i updated this. I think im going to have to make myself do it at least once a week. Anyways nothing much happening with me not got much crafting done over last few months but really need to get a move on as i have a list of cards as long as 2 arms. Well since i last posted ive been on my jolly's and had a great time in Newquay the weather was gorgeous so lots of lazy time on the beach. Left Steven & Daisy digging holes in the sand whilst i laid back & read a book (why do men have to dig big holes in the sand?) Now i think it's time to start making cards as i will be moaning when im getting Christmas orders.

Happy crafting xx

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Well another week has passed and typical of school holidays got no crafting done. Been stuck in all week as Daisy has been ill so going a bit stir crazy. She seems a lot brighter today so planning a day at Bolton Abbey tomorrow , you watch something will happen to spoil plans. Hope everyone is enjoying the sunny weather and have a lovely weekend

Happy crafting x

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Just popping on to add this card i made over bank holiday weekend, hope you like it

To make this card I used:

  • Cardstock from stash
  • Xcut corner rounder
  • Backing paper & matching vellum from stash
  • Stamped image coloured with Whispers
  • Prima flowers
  • Fiskars border punch
  • Chipboard embellishment (matching papers) from stash
  • Ribbon from local market

Monday, 25 May 2009

I hate bank holidays

Well another bank holiday over thank goodness, why are they so boring. Set off with a good plan today which was to get a picnic together and take Daisy & the dog to Bretton country park. As the morning wore on Daisy became more & more miserable and developed a temperature so bang went the picnic plan. So spent the afternoon walking along the canal just me & the mutt, didnt realise it was so sunny until I got home and realised i had a burnt face and nose. Decided to relax in the garden only to have to watch hubby wrestle with a beach shelter we had bought for our hols (he thought it was a good idea to try it out). After 5 mins of watching him struggle i gave in and helped, yep you guessed it within minutes i had the thing up, only for the dog to think it's something to drag around the garden. Hopefully Daisy will have recovered for tomorrow as we have another week of bike riding sessions with the physiotherapist so not a relaxing 1st week of the hols. Anyway here' a card & box i made for this weeks challenge from Wendy for the Crafters Companion Forum I really enjoyed this challenge, have a look at Wendy's blog and join in the challenge.

Happy Crafting x

Wendy's challenge card

To make this card & box I used:
  • Cardstock from stash
  • Stamped Tilda with flowers image coloured with Whispers
  • Scalloped circles using nesties
  • Backing paper & Flowers link from Wendy's blog
  • Buttons from stash

Saturday, 23 May 2009

It's the weekend yipee

Well it's the weekend again hopefully will be nice and sunny but never believe what the weather man says. Not sure if ill manage to get any crafting done as its Monaco grand prix so will be sat glued to the tv. I think i will have to find time to cut the grass though its beginning to resemble a jungle, wonder how many lost children and pets i will find in it. Hope you all have a lovely weekend

Happy crafting xx

Here's a card i made last night.

To make this card I used
  • Cardstock from stash
  • Xcut corner rounder
  • Backing paper "Amethyst infusion" by Papermania
  • Stamped image magnolia "Tilda with flowers" coloured using Whispers
  • Brads by Papermania
  • Flowers from Country Baskets

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Nearly school hols

Well it['s nearly school hols and bang goes any chance to do any crafting. But then again im sure i could manage to squeeze some in during the evening. Or better still im sure Daisy would love to spend the day with nanna & grandad lol. Not been up to much this week, the garden really needs some tlc but with all the wet weather it can wait. Took dog for a lovely haircut yesterday im sure they switched dogs, looks nothing like the mutt I dropped off. But all the pampering was in vain as after his walk today he needed yet another shower, why does he think every muddle puddle is there especially for him to roll in. Okay i'll post piccie of card i made using the blog candy i won last week thanx again Steph.

Happy crafting xx

To make this card I used
  • Cardstock from stash
  • Backing papers Papermania "Naughty but Nice"
  • Stamped image Sugar Nellie "Make a wish" coloured using Whispers
  • Ribbon by Papermania
  • Flowers & brads Papermania
  • Chipboard sentiment from stash
  • Bling by Kanban

Monday, 18 May 2009

I'm on a roll

Well thought i'd have a lazy morning making cards. All started off well until Branston (the dog) thought it would be a good idea to steal everything i had out. So in between telling him off, sending him into the kitchen for time out and after nearly pulling my hair out i did threaten him that i would open the gate and make him leave home. I quickly lost heart in the cards and opted to have an early lunch and take the mutt out for his walk. To top the day off i got soaked but as long as the dog is happy who cares about me lol. Well i did manage to get 2 cards made if you spot any paw prints you know they're not mine

Happy Crafting x

First card

To make this card
  • Stamped Penny Black image "Uplifting Occasion" coloured using Whispers
  • Pink embossed card from Crafters Companion
  • Backing paper from Paper Cellar
  • Pink checked paper from Papermania punched using Fiskars border punch
  • Brads by Papermania
  • Prima flowers
  • Button from stash
  • Chipboard sentiment from stash (not sure if i like it)

2nd card

To make this card
  • Stamped Penny Black image "City Divine" coloured using whispers
  • Backing paper & matching vellum from stash
  • Party rub on from Papermania
  • Papermania flowers
  • Brads not sure who they are by but were a bargain at 59p for 12
  • Buttons from stash

Saturday, 16 May 2009

I've been busy

Thought i'd have a play and make a couple of cards

To make this card I used:

  • Card from stash

  • Backing paper a freebie printed from Canon website

  • Spellbinders Nesties

  • Stamped image is Penny Black "lazy Days" & coloured using Whispers

  • Chipboards from stash

  • Buttons again from stash

  • String on buttons from garden shed & ribbon is Papermania

2nd card

To make this card I used :

  • Card from stash
  • backing paper & vellum some i found lurking in a drawer
  • Ribbon i think is Papermania
  • Spellbinders nesties
  • Magnolia Tilda image coloured with Whispers
  • Chipboard flower from stash
  • Brads are Papermania
  • Prima Flowers

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

I won

Well after my awful weekend im so pleased i won Steph's blog candy. I can't wait to get my hands on the gorgeous Sugar Nellie stamp not to mention the Prima flowers, thanx again Steph. Well its back to the usual daily school runs and filling in holes in the garden the dog decided to dig. Maybe by the end of the week he will get to Australia (fingers crossed). Thought i'd be nice mum today and cook lol only to discover when id put all the vegetables in my brand new steamer all the water had disappeared. After much head scratching i realised it was all over the worktop and dripping on the floor yes the brand new steamer had a leak all the water id poured in leaked straight out the bottom. I was not a happy bunny had to take all the veg out again wash they stupid thing bag it up then marched back into the tefal shop to exchange it and the new on works a treat. Only hope the one i bought my neice for her engagement pressie does'nt have the same problem. Well i will now sit next to the letter box waiting for Mr Postie to deliver my win

Happy crafting everyone x

Saturday, 9 May 2009


Well typical of me forgot to post on here for a while but i blame my age. Been quite busy with card orders so trying to do catch up. Im sure i would make it easier for myself if i started making cards as soon as i get the order instead of leaving it until the last minute. Im quite stressed as i type the pub next to me is having an outdoor rock concert which has been going on since 1pm and will prob go on for hours yet. My head has left my body and taken my ears with it i would love to get hold of the idiot in the council who granted permission and string him up by his ... use you imagination. But hopefully this will be the last year we will have to put up with is as I am on a mission so watch this space. Happy crafting x

Monday, 27 April 2009

It's raining

Well looks like today is a wash out ,never mind have been saying for past few weeks we really need rain so cant grumble ( but i will ) . It's the start of another week isnt the year flying by we should all be starting our christmas cards soon , but as crafters we wont and will have a mad panic the week before. Nothing much planned for today apart from next terms planning for Rainbows and tackling the dreaded Gift Aid (oh how i hate doing that) Have a really good day happy crafting

Luv Donna x

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Ho hum weekend again

ho hum weekend again Well got to say first week back at school passed really quickly. How come when kids at school you have to drag them out of bed, not happy enjoyed a nice bottle of wine in hope of a sleep in only to hear the sweet voice of a 5yr old outside my bedroom door at 6.45am arghh. But did manage to make a few cards last night before the wine kicked in. I really need to get myself a system when making cards one that consists of me making very little mess. I always start off with good intentions but somehow it comes undone. The lounge always resembles a bomb site with paper, ribbons & brads all over the place and why cant i ever find the scissors even when i just put them down (in that safe place). I live in hope that one night whilst im sleeping the craft room fairies will come & build me my own little room one where i can make as much mess as i like. Here's the 3 cards made last night.

How to make card

  • Stamped image kindly donated by a friend

  • Card from stash

  • Backing paper Papermania Sweet Nothings

  • Ribbon from stash

  • Brads dovecraft

  • Flowers Papermania

How to make card

  • Magnolia stamped tilda image

  • Watercolours

  • Card from stash

  • Backing papers Papermania Olivine

  • Flowers are Prima (thanx again to Kerry)

  • Brads Papermania

To make card

  • Stamped Magnolia Chasing Edwin image

  • Watercolours

  • Card from stash

  • Backing paper papermania antique cream

  • Ribbon from stash

  • Brads dovecraft

  • leaves Prima (thanx Kerry)

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Back to school

woohoo its back to school, saying that got to admit i quite like the kids being at home no rushing about doing the school run. But the peace & quiet is nice, but with the dog running round the garden trying to chase the guinea pigs maybe kids at home is quieter lol. Rainbows were back after the easter break all hyped up and giddy with lots of stories to tell. I always come home with a headache but love doing it.