Friday 12 October 2012


Isn't he a darling?
His name is SHADOW
I've been walking him for .Freshfields Animal Rescue. since July and he's so special.

Here we are on the beach at Formby Point, Merseyside on one of our lovely walks.

The start of our walk on the Squirrel Trail behind St Lukes Church Road, Formby

The trail leads onto the nature reserve where we tend to meet lots of other dog walking friends out and about

Just itching to run and play!!!

Back through the trail after a long walk...

Back at the kennels - Shadow is very good in the car, he just loves his  journeys out.

This is another day out when we met up with the lovely dog walkers at Maghull Football Club
Shadow is very sociable with other dogs - a joy to be with who will make someone a loving friend.

Wednesday 11 July 2012

Nellie's Multi Frames and Pinflair Easel

I'm so sorry for going missing again but I just haven't been up to it.
Although a few cards have been attempted, I do need to get myself into the swing of things very soon (Christmas is looming)! :lol:

I made this card for my 2nd daughter's 40th birthday.
Using Nellie's Multi Frame MFD 006 (square) I cut an aperture from an A6 piece of card...this is raised up with foam pads onto an A6 card blank (tent fold)...The remaining die-cut is decorated before gluing flat into the square aperture.
The diamond shaped frame is created using Nellie's Multi Frame MFD 021
Mounted onto a large Pinflair Easel 

Many thanks for stopping by ;o)

Saturday 26 May 2012


It's a beautiful Saturday here with the sun playing out with gusto!
I do hope the sun is shining for you all ;o)
Later this afternoon it's my granddaughter Avah's 4th birthday party and here's the card I made for her.

It's a bit O.T.T. for me, but little girls do like frills n things :lol:

The base card is just a folded circle cut with the magnetic circle cutter from WRMK...
The card stock crease cracked a bit when folded, so that mistake is covered with another strip cut with MS border punch and finished with a ribbon and bow.

The topper starts with a good sized (135mm diameter) Marianne Creatable LR0112. This die set comes with the 2 flourishes that I weaved into the finished card. It also comes with a rather nice flower and snowflake die, so quite alot there for your money ;o)

The smaller die cut frame is a Nellie's Multi Frame MFD005
Decoupage is Morehead
The lace flower I made out of bright white lace dipped into strong coffee, squeezed out in a tea towel to remove most of the strong colour before airdrying.
Avah's name is die cut from a set by Sizzix (Cattycorner)

This started out as a rocker card but, when I attached the lace flower embelli, it kept leaning to the left and looked odd. So a small amount of card is trimmed from the bottom to allow it to sit straight.

Many thanks for stopping by xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thursday 17 May 2012

Marianne Design Creatables Die - Classic Boats LR0199

Good morning fellow bloggers :D
I'm trying to get my time back in order following a period of chaos!
Hubby had his operation last week but I rained on his parade by being admitted on the evening before his 'op and they kept me in for 2 nights!

But, hubby has recovered well (never felt better in a long time) and thankfully, my scare turned out to be negative - pheeeeew :D

It was his 75th birthday on the 8th and here is the card I made for him...

Using one of my favorite dies to cut the Yacht - Marianne Design Creatables Die - Classic Boats LR0199
I must credit  Glynis from  (where I bought the die) for the inspiration. If you're ever in the Stockport area, her shop is well worth a visit ;o)
The Banner is SPELLBINDERS-S4-324)
DS used is from a K&Company stack and my bunting is hand cut

Before I go, I've just read this post from Lesleys Blog over at  FRESHFIELDS Animal Rescue Centre and wanted to pass it on.....
Ain't he adorable?

Mr Big Ears.
no I am not referring to the lovely Martin Clunes who is a great dog lover -  in case some off you were unaware of this, he is very active with a dog rescue in the South of England so he can't do much wrong in my eyes. No I am actually referring to   our adorable Kai who has been in kennels far too long now.He is a cross staffordshire bull terrier / german shepherd.It is an unusual mix and has resulted in a medium size dog with enormous ears and a very loveable personality. Not one person has enquired for him and we need a home soon or he will start to go kennel crazy and that would be a great shame and so unfair on this lovely dog. He likes to play with the kennel owners dogs(all females) And would make a great friend for another dog, maybe a labrador or lively collie  type.

Many thanks for stopping by :D

Sunday 22 April 2012

Free Image of a Bare Tree

Using Inkscape, I traced this tree from a photograph that I had taken.
I use it in CrftArtist Professional as a stencil (among other things),
It's a PNG image so is useful to layer etc.

Thanks for the visit ;o)

Sizzix Dies and Peachy Keen faces

Hello blogland :D
I'm still catching up with showing cards I've made and still have to blog...

Here's another card using the SIZZIX FLOWER,DAISIES DIE - 654981
along with the fab face stamps from PEACHY KEEN. The 31 stamps come as a set that includes 6 different faces in five sizes 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1". plus one larger 1 3/8" stamp. (so useful)

DP is by Brenda Walton at K&Company
The large flowers are  made with the Sizzix-bigz-die-flower-daisies (654981)  (So sorry, I listed the incorrect die earlier).....And the face is cut with a Nestie
The fence is a Sizzix die
Greeting on the top centre flower is from Cuddly Buddly
The corner pieces are from an MS corner punch that has been trimmed
And the grass is punched from an MS border punch.

Many thanks for looking :D

Saturday 21 April 2012


Hi bloggers :D
I've just come home from Liverpool having been to see the Sea Odyssey and can I say, it was fantastic!!!
If you've not been yet, then you need get down there tomorrow!
The mood all around was so warm and friendly even in the spots that were very busy ;o)

Now down to what I've been up to.....
Wanting to make my own grunge overlays in CAP (CraftArtist Professional), I came up with a repeat pattern of circles and diamonds...put them in my stencils and brushed through with a grunge brush (Dried Lake)...If anybody would like to use them, I've put the patterns on page 2 (just stick 'em in your stencils)...I'm probs trying to teach grandma to suck eggs :lol: but I was delighted to have worked it out! :D...I'm afraid I can't list the kits used as they're too numerous but they're all DaisyTrail/Serif...And I'm sorry I can't save as a digi kit for you as that is something I've not yet mastered (as I've done something seriously wrong with the settings) :o( ...Thanks for looking ;o)

Wednesday 18 April 2012


OOPS! forgot to mention what it's made from.....
The image of course is Gorjuss Girls.
On a ready made cardstock from QVC.
DP from DCWV (Nanna's Nursery)
The frame around the image is made with MS Punch Around the Page
Centre border also made with MS border punch.
Corners die cut using Cuttlebug dies.
Coloured with Copics

For my gorjuss granddaughter ;o)
Thanks for stopping by :D

Tuesday 17 April 2012


I bought these lovely stamps by Lindsay Mason  (Personal Impressions) so as to make charity cards for Freshfields Animal Rescue
I paper-pieced the images and coloured the bone with Copics
Got some cat ones also, and I'm just in the middle of doing those but life's problems keep getting in the way.
They'll get done though :lol:
I just wish I was stronger so as to be able to help them out more, in the meantime I can help in a small way.

Thanks for stopping by x


Here is a card I made for my son, using a mix of Sizzix dies for the wording and elements; apart from the corner punch (on the label) which is a Cuttlebug die cut.
I used a corner punch to make the slots to take the twine wrapping.
Thanks so much for stopping by ;o)


I thought I'd better show my face after being a bad blogger (again)!

Spring is here and maybe that'll put a spring in my step :lol:...Hubby has had health problems which has taken over our lives somewhat, but things appear calm just now.
These two samples were made for a craft club that I belonged to.

The first one is using an old photograph of mum and her pals in the 30's.
That's mum on the extreme right.

And this sample is made using a vintage stamp.

Thanks for stopping by :D

Friday 13 April 2012

Meet Panda

Panda has been rescued from Romania along with eight friends
Further INFORMATION can be found at
Thank you for looking x

Friday 23 March 2012


Four of the scrapbook pages I've made (so far) of our grandchildren playing with the Ikea chair...

Here's Alfie and Jack looking like butter wouldn't melt in their mouths - hmmm!

 And here's Alfie with big brother Shaun 
Worked in CRAFT ARTIST  using mostly the kit ALL BOY from MY MEMORIES

Tuesday 7 February 2012


Tortie and Tom's wedding...the theme was blue, hence the blue tones of the pages...

I love this photo with Tom's triumphant hand gesture - YES!!!!!
I managed to colour the text with pattern...(the foliage around the main photo I grouped and cut the text from it) then gave it a bevel. But I was playing at the time and cannot remember exactly how I did it (no hope for me) duh!
Using the Serif digi kit, Butterfly Elegance (where the pearl brush is from)...and Quilted Cuddles for the foliage...
The scalloped strips are made using the scissor tool.

The boys all ready for the off.
Check out little Alfie in his kilt!!! with his big brother ;o)
I made this page for a challenge where we had to make a page with 3 frames using one photo.
The hearts and swirls are from Serif digikit Cupids and Hearts
And I gave the frames and title a metal effect finish.

Toms eldest 2 children outside the church  ;o)
Again - 3 frames from one photo (challenge).
And more hearts and swirls from the  Cupids and Hearts kit
The page title is given a white glow in  'effects'


Back again! With more of the digi pages I've been doing.
More of my lovely grandchildren ;o)

My eldest granddaughter, taken when she was getting more proficient with her skiing ;o)
Using the Serif digikit layout Modern Lace with the tree added from another Serif digikit (Christmas Wonderland), and I've added the cross stitch using an embroidery brush.

Our youngest grandson at 2 days old.
Using the Serif digikit layout Quilted Cuddles. I've added extra embellishments from the kit to the layout.

Jack again...The object of the exercise was to make word art following the excellent VIDEO TUTORIAL   from  Karen Lewis.
I used the letter 'a' and made it into an intelligent frame.
Then made the text into metal (it may be plastic - can't remember!) with the effects button
Keeping the page simple with elements from Quilted Cuddles again, I added a train engine, trucks and carriages, a digi stamp set called 'As I Ride By' from Elizabeth Weaver at  DSP Store.

I so enjoyed celebrating this gorgeous smile of grandson Alfie's.
The Serif digikit, Vintage Candy is used and the swizzle sweetie frame I made using a brush from this kit - fun!!!
Thanks for stopping by ;o)


Oh dear, I sure have been missing for a while!
But, I do have a good excuse...I've started on more of the family albums, but it's a slow process as I'm learning as I go with Serif Scrapbook Artist.
And this is where I'm up to.....

Here I've used the Serif digikit Modern Lace.

Using a kit from 2peas by Rhonna Farrer.
Cross stitched edge made using the embroidery brush in CraftArtist.

 Rhonna Farrer kit agin

This is using Serif (Fathers Day 2011) digi kit ready made layout that is tweaked a bit.
I added to the background with one my photos of the River Kent Estuary at Arnside.

Christmas shopping with 2 of our granddaughters...
Using a FREE quick page from My Memories (Winter's Blush)
This QP isn't tweakable but I DID ADD some embellishments from my files, and had a play with matting the text in CA.

Another ready made layout page used here, from Serif (Showtime)...again tweaked to suit.
Designed by my eldest granddaughter with help from me ;o)

Saturday 14 January 2012


Sorry, I've just edited the creator of the digi kit as I'd credited it to the wrong person originally!
Mix of techniques used to make my SiL's 8x8" birthday card...
Using a digikit from  (SEA MEMORIES)... (wave is from PSE)
Bear on a deckchair (digi image from Di's digi downloads) is blended in digitally ...
Sand dunes, foiliage and lighthouse are hand stamped using Inkylicious (seascapes set)
A hint of colour from alcahol ink pens.
Layered with Kay&Company papers, and finished with shells from our beach trips and hand punched white foliage.
For challenges... 
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Something New (Using my brand new Serif ScrapArtist program) :D

Thanks for stopping by :D

Friday 13 January 2012


Bought the Serif CraftArtist Platinum as it looked so much easier to use than the PSE I've used in the past.
Two years ago, I took pictures of my eldest grandaughter and the sunflower she was very proud of growing  and have only just got around to playing with them.
This is what I came up with and I do love how easy it is to blend using the program :o)

I thought I'd post those done 5-6 years ago made with PSE.......
Pretty basic and some I hadn't then learned how to use the shadow tool.

Grandaughters Grace and Niamh...

Our stray cat and family that adopted us!...

Hubby's 70th birthday page...

Another for hubby...

Grandaughter Grace (Bridesmaid page)..

The grandma I didn't get to know...

Our eldest daughters Louises' wedding day and new SiL Gary...

Mum and Dad memory page (green/sepia tint)
The original is the following page...

Mum and Dad memory page...

Youngest daughter scaring us witless!...

Thank you for stopping by :O)