Monday, 23 December 2013

Just wanted to say ..........


I hope you have a wonderful holiday 
and that Santa brings you plenty of crafty goodies!!

Hopefully, I shall be a better blogger in 2014

Monday, 14 October 2013

Still Here!!!

Hi All,
I can't believe I have not blogged anything since July - where has the time gone!!   I have spent most of the Summer making items for the Craft Fairs we have been attending and  completing orders received from our Facebook page. I am now busy making items for our upcoming Christmas Fairs. 

I thought it was about time I posted something here so thought I would show you some of our latest makes - no cards I'm afraid but I do have some pretty items to show you.

Some decorative crochet hearts

Welcome sign 

Christmas door plaque

and two pairs of crochet fingerless mittens!! you know what I have been up to.  I hope you like :0)

Denise xx

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Christening Cards (part 2) !!!

Hello All,
Following on from my last post, my neighbours came back with their request for two more Christening cards (again at very short notice!!!!) and this is what I came up with.......................

They wanted two cards the same for a brother and sister in blue and silver and pink and silver. I am not a great fan of mirror card so kept the silver element to a minimum, The little birds on the branch is a brand new die I recently got from My Crafty Heart and I am loving it.  I am quite pleased with the cards but think they would have looked awesome white on white.

Well, that's all from me for tonight. 
Happy Crafting
Love and Hugs
Denise xx

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Hi All,

As Google Reader has been removed, you can now Follow my blog with Bloglovin!!
Denise xx

Friday, 28 June 2013

Joyous Celebration

Morning All,
The other day, my neighbour asked if I would make two Christening cards for Sunday!!  I immediately went into panic mode - TWO cards for's been such a long time since I have made a card that I was not sure my mojo was in any mood to create. Luckily, the neighbour wanted both cards the same as they were for twins - phew!!

My neighbour knew exactly what she wanted which really helped - pink and silver with a cross and this is what I came up with.

The swirl is stamped with Versamark and embossed in silver and the words are computer generated.  The cross was cut by hand and the edges punched with a corner punch.  I don't have any dies that would make a cross so had to wing it - will definitely be getting one soon :0)  I kept the design nice and simple and am very pleased with the final result.  My neighbour was thankfully over the moon with them and announced that she would need a couple more cards in the next week or two so it would seem that I shall be back to making cards and hopefully back to blogging!!

Thank you so much for sticking with me.
Denise xxx

I would like to enter my cards into the following challenges:-
Party Time Tuesdays #126 - Anything Goes
Stamp with Fun #217 - Celebrate
Crafting When We Can #47 - Keep It Simple

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Altered Notebook

Hi All,
Bet you thought I had disappeared off the face of the earth!!!  No such luck - just still very busy crocheting for the Craft Fairs Louise and I are attending this year.  However, in between all of that crochet, I have been stamping - yay!!!  Not cards though - notebooks and here is one I made recently.

The idea came from the Inkylicious stand at the Make It show this year.  The backing design and jig-saw have been inked using the Inkylicious Ink Dusters (love, love, love these) and then stamped with a variety of images from Lavinia Stamps. The words have been computer generated. They have all then been matted
onto black card and stuck to a plain wirebound notebook - am really loving the final result.  I have made a few more but am saving those for another day :0)

I hope you like my latest make - they have been very popular at the fairs.
Thank you so much for taking the time to look - I am so sorry I have been such an awful Blogger of late. I really could do with 48 hours in a day at the moment.
Happy Crafting
Denise xx

As it has been such a long time, I thought I would enter some challenges with this :-

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Still Here!!

Good Afternoon All,
It's been a while since I have posted anything on this blog so I thought it was about time I showed you some of the items I have been making.  

These are some gorgeous crochet Daisy Coasters which are sooo pretty IRL - the photos really do not do them justice.   I have made more in other colours which you can find over at The Crafty Duo.

My second show is a crocheted e-Reader Cozy......

This was real fun to make. In fact, the hardest part was choosing which colours to use - but it worked up really quickly.

And this is my next project - a winter coat for Louise's Smart car - no, only joking but I do think it looks like fun  :0)

So that's all from me for now - I have made lots of other items but they are all at Louise's house ready for our next Craft Fair on Sunday and I don't have any photos.  Will post them shortly if I remember to take my camera!!!
Hugs and Happy Crafting
Denise xxx

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Good Luck Louise

Good Morning All,
I have just said goodbye to my Daughter Louise who is off to complete her last Macmillan Trek. This time she is trekking through Cuba into Trinidad!!  Sounds glorious but I know she will have some tough days ahead walking up and down mountains, as well as through mango and coffee plantations and forest.  I am once again so proud of her, especially as she has now managed to reach her goal of £14,000 raised in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care in just over two years.  She has said this will be her last foreign trek but we will both continue to raise monies by charity collection days in the local shopping centres and from selling some of our handmade items.  

She will be back on 11th March and I am looking forward to that day so that I can stop worrying - LOL!!

Denise xx

Saturday, 23 February 2013


Hi All,
I would like to apologise to all of my lovely blogland friends for not visiting recently and for not posting anything either.  Louise and I have decided to attend some Craft Fairs again this year (haven't done any for quite a while) and so I have been busy making, making, making!!  I shall try to post some of the items on here but as they are not cards, I'm not sure if you will want to see them - LOL.  They should all be available on our Crafty Duo page soon too.

Thanks for sticking with me.
Biggest of Hugs
Denise xx

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Woo Hoo.........

I've finally made some cards!!!

Hi All,
I think my mojo is returning slowly - have made a set of Valentine's cards, albeit very simple ones :0)  I have used the images from the Teddy Bo Tags sets - TeddyBoBea Tabs 001 and 002. I cropped the images so that the tag design was not showing. The sentiments were created in my graphics programme and printed directly onto the cards.

Sorry about the lousy photos. Photographing white cards on a white background probably was not a good idea!!

Medium - Promarkers
Card - The Paper Mill and stash

I am really pleased with the finished result of these and hope that my mojo fully returns soon.  Thank you so much for looking.
Denise xx

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:-
Digistamps 4 Joy #60 - Romance is in the Air
Fab 'n' Funky #157 - Valentines or Hearts
Bearly Mine #72 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays #106 - Love and Romance
The Teddy Bo Challenge # 48 - Anything Goes
Without Words February Challenge - I Love to Love

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Let's Get Cosy!!

Hi All,
Hope you are keeping warm and safe during the horrible weather - having said that, the snow has as good as gone where I am and we have had some glorious sun today but it has still been very chilly.

No card still, but I have been busy making some mug cosies and I wanted to show you this little sweetie.....

He has been crocheted in double knitting and fits my favourite mug perfectly!!  I have made a couple more in different colours but still need to sew them together.  What do you think.....cute or what.

If you are interested, he will be available for sale in The Crafty Duo shop over on Facebook shortly along with a couple of other designs.

Thanks again for looking and for all your lovely comments.
Denise xx

Pattern by Justyna Kacprzak -

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

I've Been Busy!!

Good Morning All,
Well, my card making mojo may still be on an very extended Christmas break but I have not been idle.  All this rotten snow that we have been having prompted me to get out my knitting needles and knit up some warm items for when I am walking the dog.  It's been years since I have knitted anything to wear and I have really enjoyed it :0)

I started with a simple straight cowl . The yarn used is Aran so it knitted up really quickly. This is mine and the one below is taken from the actual pattern to show you what it looks like on.

Having had such fun making this one, I decided to get a bit more adventurous and made this Cowboy Cowl. Again knitted in Aran and again, great fun.

This is mine......

and this is taken from the pattern.  I hope you like.

Thanks so much for looking. I am really hoping my card making mojo returns soon so that I shall have something else to show you.
Denise xx

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Mr Mojo .........where are you????

Hi All,
Thought I had better write a quick post to let you all know that I am still around but am having a really hard time finding my mojo at the moment.  He seems to have taken an extended Christmas break!!!  As soon as he returns, I shall make some cards and start posting again.  

Hope you are all keeping warm during this horrible cold weather.
Denise xx

Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year.........

wishing you all a peaceful and craft filled year xxx

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Final Challenge for Do You Stack Up?...

Good Morning All,
I hope you had a very Happy Christmas and that Santa brought you loads of crafting goodies!! 

After all the fun and happiness of Christmas, this is a very sad post as it's the last one I shall be writing for Do You Stack Up?. Alison has decided to close the DYSU Challenge blog due to her acrylic stamp company "The Alley Way Stamps"  now taking up so much of her time.  I am so pleased for Alison but at the same time so sorry to see DYSU go. This was my very first DT post and I have been with it since the beginning :0(  

So, for our very last challenge we have the theme of "TURQUOISE" and I really hope you will all play along with us this week and send us off with a bang!

Our lovely final sponsors are:-

Rhoda Design Studio - $15 Gift Certificate to spend on cutting files or digis

Sweet 'n Sassy - $10 Gift Certificate

The Stamping Boutique (who are also sadly closing at the end of the year) - Winner's choice of 3 digis

Elizabeta Kushner - Winner's choice of 3 digis

For my card this week, I have used the sweet "Eskimo Kisses" from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - so, so easy to colour up!! I have made a rocker card and kept the design fairly simple.

Close up of the adorable image.

Medium - Promarkers
Paper - Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas Modern
Snowflakes - MS punch
Glitter - Stickles and Glamour Dust
Card - cut with a Grand Scalloped Circle

Well, that's all from me for today except to say thank you to all who have entered our challenges over the last two years - I have really enjoyed seeing all of your fabulous creations. I also want to say thank you to Alison for asking me to join her team and to all of the past and present DYSU Team Members - you girls really rock and I shall miss you all.........what am I going to do on a Thursday - lol!!
Happy Crafting
Denise xx

Friday, 21 December 2012

Merry, Merry Christmas!!

Just want to wish all of my lovely followers and friends a very Merry Christmas. I hope Santa brings you all the crafting goodies you want :0)

Have a lovely festive time and I will be back next week with my very last Do You Stack Up? creation.
Denise xxxx

Thursday, 20 December 2012

DYSU? Challenge #103

Good Morning All,
I am happy to report that I am feeling a whole lot better than I was this time last week - the cold really knocked me out for a few days. Thank you for your get well wishes.

So, it's Thursday again and time for our penultimate challenge over at Do You Stack Up  :0(   and this week is everyone's favourite "ANYTHING GOES".

and we have three lovely sponsors ..........

Robyn's Fetish - Winner's choice of 5 digital stamps

Gecko Galz - Winner's choice of 1 digital stamp set

My Heart Pieces - Winner's choice of 3 digital satamps

This fabulous Santa comes from My Heart Pieces and was such fun to colour. I have kept the card quite simple as the image itself is fairly detailed. Just a couple of papers, a glittery ribbon and some die cut, glittered snowflakes and the card was finished. To be honest, I don't think I could have come up with much more feeling as ill as I did with the cold!!

Here's a close-up of Santa and his sweet reindeer.  You can just about see the glitter I added to the fur on Santa's outfit.

Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Papermania "Home for Christmas"
Glitter - Star Dust Stickles and Glamour Dust
Ribbon - stash
Snowflakes - Marianne Design dies

I hope you can find some crafting time during this hectic week to join us for our challenge and I look forward to seeing your lovely creations.  Do take a look at what the rest of the team have made for your inspiration.
We shall be back next Thursday with our FINAL challenge.
Hugs and Happy Crafting
Denise xxx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Anything Goes #82 - Traditional Christmas Colours
Crafty Sentiments - All That Glitters
Deep Ocean #41 - Santa is Coming to Town

Saturday, 15 December 2012


This is just a quick post to all of my lovely followers - I am so sorry I have not been round to see any of you these past few days but the cold I was starting on Thursday has really taken hold and left me feeling totally drained of energy. My head is thumping, my eyes are sore and I get the shivers each time I move and I have got through a box of tissues and am on my second one (looking for sympathy here - LOL). I promise I shall visit you all next week when (hopefully) I feel better.
Hugs to you all.
Denise xxx

Thursday, 13 December 2012

DYSU? Challenge #102

Hi All,
Thursday again - where are the days going??? Our theme this week at Do You Stack Up? is "CHRISTMAS" so we are looking forward to seeing lots and lots of lovely entries!!

and we have three very generous sponsors..........

Digi Darla - Winner's choice of 5 digis

The Paper Shelter - $20 Gift Certificate

My card this week uses this cute little Christmas Owl from The Paper Shelter. I have coloured him with Promarkers but you do get a pre-coloured image as well as the outline one and a background too - great for when you need to make a card in a hurry!!

Close-up of Mr Owl in his sparkly hat!!

Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Dovecraft "Back to Basics Christmas Vintage" and Papermania "Home for Christmas"
Stickles - Stardust
Ribbon - stash
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

That's all from me for today. Sorry it's such a quick post but I am not feeling too great. Think I am developing a cold - just what I need before Christmas :0(  I hope you will all join us for this challenge and I can't wait to see all of your fab creations.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges-
Anything Goes #82 - Traditional Christmas Colours
Bearly Mine #65 - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Hooked on Craft #27 - Christmas

Thursday, 6 December 2012

DYSU? Challenge #101

Good Morning,
This week's challenge over at Do You Stack Up? has the theme of SILVER AND GOLD so we want to see all of your lovely blingy creations!!

our generous sponsors this week are.......

Bugaboo Stamps - Winner's choice of 7 images

Rhoda Design Studios - $15 Gift Certificate to spend on Cutting Files or Digis

Stampendous Frantage Aged Gold Embossing Enamel and Frantage Aged Silver Embossing Enamel

This week I decided to make a Christmas tag using the Frantage Aged Gold and Silver embossing enamels from Stampendous. I stamped the Harlequin design with Versamark and embossed with the gold. The edges and parts of the centre of the tag were then smeared with the Versamark pad and I sprinkled gold and silver randomly over these areas. 

Close up of the embossing showing the gold and silver powders which also contain black to give the aged look - gorgeous.

Tag - stash
Harlequin stamp - IndigoBlu
Baubles and Word - cut on the Cricut using black and a gold/brown metallic card from stash
Glossy Accents - used on baubles
Ribbons and Bows - stash

I had real fun creating this tag - and made plenty of mess too!!!  I hope you will join us for this week's challenge and if you need some more inspiration, do take a look at the rest of the team's fab creations over on the challenge blog.

Thank you so much for looking
Denise xx

I would like to enter this tag into the following challenges:-
Celebrate the Occasion #91 - Christmas (no red or green)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays #97 - Christmas Themed Gift Tags