Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Never Ever Forget

Hi there sweet peeps and isn't it a glorious day today.

No card from me today but instead I am posting here to remember another day 25 years ago which was also glorious but which ended in the most awful way imaginable.

Let me say that Hillsborough for me is very personal.

I knew one of the victims  - he lived 3 doors down from me and I still see his sweet sister occasionally. And my daughters went to school with the brother of another. Growing up where I did and where I lived back then, it's hard not be have been personally touched by what happened on that day because most people knew or knew of at least one of the 96.

20 miles away in Liverpool this is even greater.

I've said it before and no doubt I will say it again but it isn't right that you go to a football match and not come back. And then to have to fight for the truth, fight to protect the good name of your loved one, whilst trying to come to terms with what happened, well I for one cannot imagine what that must have been like.

But fight they did and they have and they still are and now there are now new inquests. I hope and pray that this time the families may finally get some peace in their lives -  25 years is an awfully long time .......

I posted about this back in 2012 when the truth at last was coming out - that post is here. I mentioned in that post  the other victims that we may not always think about, but they are victims nonetheless.

So today I am sadly remembering everybody that was hurt by what happened on that terrible day.

And the last word here goes to the my fellow Liverpool supporters ....


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A Perfect Pair :)


Hi sweet peeps and hope you are all OK on this lovely Spring day (or at least it is in Chester :)

It's time to nip over and check out what's happening over with the Papertake gang and in keeping with the weather, our theme this week is

Spring Has Sprung

so you can either do a Spring card or use Spring colours (like what I did !!).

And ...


.. this is my card.

I used of of my faves from the new Lili of The Valley release and this is Annabel Upside Down.
She looks like she's having a whale of a time I think :)

I coloured her with the following Copics -  

Skin - E000, E00, E11, E13, R00, R02
Hair -  E31, E33, E35, E39, E50
The rest -   C4, C7, C9, E31, E35, E39, RV00, RV10, RV34, YG0000, YG00, YG03, YG95

The papers are Perfect Pair - they're so gorgeous and this is again one of my fave ever LOTV paper pads.



You can say anything you want (within reason,  natch lol) with these fab tags - they are from SET 24 - Sentiment Tags.
What ever did we do without them!!




Some fab stuff from our Mary & Andrea over at The Ribbon Girl -

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15mm Meadow Green No 664 Microdot Ribbon



And I used a couple of Cheery Lynn dies -  Francesca Border and French Pastry Doily, both from Sir Stampalot

The tree is a Memory Box Twiggy Die  and the clouds are dies from Joycrafts



So there we are for another week and before  go I have to say a mahoosive thank you to the lovely ladies that came to the shop for the workshops on Saturday.

Here's a couple or three pics ....


The morning colouring group.


Picture 008

The afternoon Birthday Planner ladies - or rather,  half the room.
Some of the morning group stayed over for the afternoon workshops as well :)



Picture 009 (2)

And look who's here.
In the background you can see
Tracy Thompson and Susan Stacey, and in the foreground concentrating very hard is our lovely Marjorie who is one of our Guest Designers at Papertake, along with her daughter Debs.

I also had a very special encounter with my little pal Bobby who is Tracy's boy.
This kid is a real sweetie and I just love him  -  I overlook the fact that he is a Leeds supporter. Anyway he brought me a box of choccies, bless his little heart and thank you Bobby xxx

Now in the past I have asked him for a hug and a kiss but of course he doesn't do such soppy stuff - he is far too old for that kind of thing now.  But at the last  open day our Lou took him some sweets and she didn't mess about, she just planted a big kiss on his cheek and gave him a hug.

Well I was most put out I can tell you.

So this time, I didn't ask, I just sort of got him in a head lock and nicked a kiss as well!!!.
He did walk back to his Mum wiping his  face (yes Bobby Thompson I saw you!!) but I didn't care.
He makes my day when he comes into the shop, little poppet.

Anyway we al had a smashing day and everybody said how pretty the shop looked, as it always does. I am hugely looking forward to the next workshops so watch this space lovely peeps :).

Right I'm off to do some work so I'll see you soon as soon and till then, have the most fabulous of  days.

Huggiest of hugs to all  xxx


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Hanging About :)


Morning sweet peeps and hope you are all OK today.

It's that time of the week when we nip over and check out what's happening with the Papertake gang and as it's the first one of a new month, we have our

Anything Goes

challenge with an option this month to make a gift or treat holder for Easter.

I didn't do the option though, instead I made little hanger .....



.. this one here.
IRL it looks much nicer but I am awful at taking pics of things that are hanging up :(

The papers I used are from Lili of The Valley and they are the beautimous Heartfelt.



Do you like this flower peeps?

I can't say too much about it at the mo but if you fancy making some just like this then watch this space!!!
They couldn't be easier - an absolute doddle really -  but they really look the biz  don't ya think:)

And if you are coming to the afternoon  workshop at  LOTV HQ on Saturday, then you may very well get to see one up close and personal.

And talking about the workshop, the morning one is now fully booked (thank you xxx)  but I do believe that there may be a last few spaces left in the afternoon, so if you fancy a craft sesh with yours truly, then give the shop a ring.
We would love to see you.



The main sentiment is from Set 43 - Statements - Fabulous and I added a  little 'happy' stamp at the side.



Here's another view of the flower and leaves combi.
These have been made from the papers in the pad.



That pink paper looks just like crackly paint - it's fab.

The ribbon was from a gift set I got - possibly Molten Brown cos I love that stuff.
I chopped it off cos I knew it would come in handy one day and how right I was  :))


I like doing these hangers - they make a nice change from a flat card, or as flat as I ever do them which is never, now I come to think about it lol. But they look a bit more special (what appalling grammar there, soz!!) I think, but between you and I they don't actually take very long to put together.

Right I'm off to get some work done.

But before I go I have to say a huge thank you to everybody who came to see us at Port Sunny last weekend. What nice peeps you are and I had a lovely day there.

I soooo  'heart' Port Sunny.

Enjoy your day and enjoy the sunshine if you are luck enough to have any and I'll see you soon as soon.

Hugs to all xxx.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Hopping With Annabel

Hi there sweet peeps, happy Friday and a very good morning to you :)
Thank you for stopping by and it is a very happy Friday indeedy because it's time for another fantabulous  Lili of The Valley design team blog hop.
Today we are hoping to inspire you with plenty of ideas for when you are able to get your crafty mitts on the latest stamp release and you'll be chuffed as chuff to know that you  wont have too long to wait because they will be available to buy on the website from midday (UK time) on Monday 24th March.
Wooohoooo :)
The latest release features 7 gorgeous stamps and introduces our adorable new character Annabel, and she is a proper little cutie. And soooooooo sweet with it :)
So you know what to do possums.
You just have to hop from one blog to another, following the links and leaving a comment on each post.
And as you go you will hopefully pick up one or two ideas along the way :)
As always we have some hidden prizes.
We don’t know where they are so do be sure to visit and leave a comment on every blog.

The hidden prizes are  2 full sets of the new release so 2 lucky winners will each win the complete set of 7 Annabel stamps.
We will let you know on Monday morning which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and the winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on those blogs
Here's a list of all the blogs taking part, and remember that you will need to visit them all and leave a comment on each one to have the best chance of winning;
So what did I do then?
Well I did ....
... this :)
The image I used is called Annabel Texting  - I wonder what she's saying (ooh I am sooo nosy)!!
I gave her the Copics treatment, like you do, and ....
...  these are the colours I used -
Skin - E000, E00, E11, E13, R00, R02
Hair - E30, E31, E33, E35, E39, E50
The rest -  B45, B93, B95, B97, C9, YG0000, YG00, YG03, YG59
The papers are from a  Shabby Shack 8x8 paper pad - they're so clean and fresh and perfect for this time of the year
 Oops, I should have brushed the glitter out of her hair before taking her pic - what a dozy beggar!!!
A little arrangement featuring a button, some twine, lotsa leaves
and a  sentiment from
SET 18 - Greetings Postmarks

So I hope you like my card  :)
So now back to the hop.
The next stop is the sweetness that is our Dena  and don't worry if you get lost along the way - you can start again at the beginning and pick the links up from there
Don’t forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog on Monday morning when you can find out who the lucky winners were of the 2 sets of stamps
Enjoy the hop everyone, good luck and huggiest of hugs to all xxx!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

A FABULOUS Sneakie Peekie




Hi there sweet peeps and hope you are all OK today :)xx

It's that time of the week when we head over to the Papertake Weekly blog for a brand new challenge and this week it's

For Mum

As Mother's Day is approaching, we thought it might be nice to make a card for your Mum this week but if you don't have a Mum now (cry cry) then just make a card for a special girlie instead.

So ...


... that's what I did.

It's also a little sneakie peekie of one of these little sweeties .....


  ... and aren't they brilliant - I LOVE them :).

It's the brand new 'Here Comes Annabel'  release which you will be able to buy on Monday 24th March at midday. The DT are showcasing these awesome little images all  week so keep an eye on their blogs for lots of different ideas.

I personally cannot choose a fave and they are perfect for all the little tomboys out there :)

The image I used is called Roller Girl and I coloured her with these Copics -

Skin - E000, E00, E11, E13, R00, R02
Hair - E30, E31, E33, E35, E39, E50

The rest -  B45, B93, B95, B97, C9, E30, E31, E35, E39, YG0000, YG00, YG03, YG59

It's been ages since I had a colouring sesh and I thoroughly enjoyed colouring her :)

The papers are from a Shabby Shack 8x8 paper pad - beautimous!!!



The blooms were made using a Spellbinders D-Lites Blooms Set 3 and ....




... the sentiment is from a Sentiments To Fit Scroll.
I use this one all the time (you probably noticed lol!!).



A couple more bloom. I think this set will get some hammer in the future!!!





And there it is all done.

Right it's  a quickie today cos I've got loads and loads to get through with work etc and my hues guests are keeping me very busy. I love having the kids here and will miss them so much when they move into their new house.

I'm also prepping for the next workshops which will be held over at LOTV HQ on April 5th. We've got the whole of the upstairs for the workshops and with all that  gorgeous natural light, it's just about the best place ever  to craft I think. We have a colouring class in the morning to help you get the most out of your Pro Markers and then a 3D project in the afternoon.  We will be making one of the birthday planners that I made for Create and Craft and these are so useful and would also make a great gift (if you could bear to part with yours!!).

And I wonder what image we will be colouring in the morning?
I'll give you a clue, it isn't Roller Girl, however ....... :)))

Anyway, all the deets are on the website right here so if you fancy spending a day with old Piggy chops or even just a morning or afternoon then you will be very welcome indeedy. I THINK there may be a few spaces left but they do book up fast so if you are thinking of coming along, then  best book early.
It would be fab to see you there.

Right I better crack on.
Have the fabbiest of days and don't forget to check out the challenge if you get a sec.

Huggiest of hugs to all xxx


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A Lil Sketchie :)


Hi there sweet peeps and hope you are all OK today :)

It's that time of the week when we head on over and catch up with the Papertake Weekly girls and this week it's sketchie time, and our featured sketch is ...


.... this one here - sketch #87.

Of course, you don't have to use it but I did lol!!
I quite like this one :)

If you get a sec, do nip over and check it all out.
It's a very special post today and if you go over there you will see why because it's dedicated to the lovely Gourley family.

So what did I do with the old sketch then?


Here you go.
I used some papers and one of the Art Pads from the new 
Lili of The Valley release.

The image is from Art Pad 20 - Pretty Girls and it's also available in stamp form (she is called Millie Hello).
I also used some of the brand new
Baskets & Bunnies papers.
They are quite simply delish!!!




This is a blast from the past - some prima flowers that I scrunched up and made into a sort of chrysanthemum.
I have a big bag of these which I rarely use so it was nice to do something a bit different today.

The seam binding is from The Ribbon Girl - it's such a lovely pretty pink.





Another blast from the past - a punched border made from an old Fiskars punch that I have had for donkeys years.
I don't even know what it's called, I'm so sorry :(

I stamped directly onto the image (I am verrry brave hahaaaa!!) and I used one of the LOTV Sentiments to Fit Scroll stamps. Love this set as you may have noticed!!




Somebody has been at the liquid pearls again :)
I'm obsessed!!




So that's me done for today.
I'll be back soon as soon so until then take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

Huggiest of hugs to all xx

Monday, 24 February 2014

Bloomin' Peachy :)

Hi there peeps and hope you are all OK today.

Today is the day that you can at last get your mitts on the brand new release over at Lili of The Valley :)
It'll soon be midday, yayyyyy :)))

Have you picked your faves yet?

The DT have been sharing their fabulous makes over the last few weeks so hopefully you will have gotten oodles of inspiration and your crafty hands will be itching to go lol!!

I'm sharing another telly make today and this time I've used papers from the beautiful Pressed In Time paper pad.
I cased the layout of this card from one I'd seen around and about and wrote down the creator so that I could credit her but I cannot find it any anywhere. So apols if it was you xx - I'll keep my links somewhere a bit safer next time, dope that I am.



So this is what I did.

I think perhaps next time I'll use a kraft card base but I still quite like it with a white base as it picks up the Cheery Lynn doily and the sentiment strip. I've also done a fair bit of edge inking in here as well - I seem to be doing this all the time now.
I wonder if I'm going from fairly CAS over to the shabby side lol!!!




The flower is made from Sir Tim's Tattered Florals Dies.
I have to say that the papers are perfect for this sort of project as they stand up to a bit of abuse without  being too bulky.

And they look very pretty as well :)




Lots of 'natural' stuff here.
The hessian ribbon and button twine are from The Ribbon Girl as is the sparkler which I coloured with a Copic to match the papers.




I added some liquid pearls (again!!) and a few dabs of Diamond Stickles in the centre bit of the flower.
IRL it looks better than it does here - they look like bits of snow lol!!!




So that's me done and I will be back tomorrow with a very special post for Papertake Weekly.
Enjoy the rest of your day and huggiest of hugs to all xxx