Sunday, 31 January 2010


Can't believe I have done it, but I have broken my Cuttlebug!! I am really cross with myself, I should have known I was pushing it a bit too far, I could feel it resisting but thought it would be okay, its always been such a sturdy little machine, I thought it was invincible!!

I think the problem was I was using a Crafts Too folder for embossing which I figure are slightly thicker than the CB folders, so if you use these folders in your bug, just be careful and use less shim. I forgot to remove some of the shim that I normally use with CB folders.

Well, the side of the bug flew off and it made a horrible grinding noise and bang, the whole thing fell to pieces! I am saddened too because it was a leaving gift from my colleagues at work when I retired 2 years ago. I shall have to save my pennies now for another one, luckily I have a Wizard so I can use that until I can replace my trusty old friend.

Had a little browse this evening and guess what I found, there is actually a PINK bug, now that I HAVE to have!!

RIP my lil friend !!

Thursday, 28 January 2010

New Baby Girl Card

This card I made for my daughter Katie and son-in-law Gareth to congratulate them on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter Evie Lily Mae.

The background paper is pebblesinc, I think its called 'My Baby Girl' and of course the circle shapes are cut using Nesties. I took about 100 photos before I found the perfect one!

Circular sentiment is printed on PC using Wordart.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Nappy Cake

This is my first attempt at making a nappy cake. I followed a tutorial on Youtube and had great fun collecting the bits and putting it together. Its quite heavy as there are quite a few goodies in there, 2 packs of nappies, 2 blankets, 1 baby towel, 3 facecloths, 2 dummies, 2 comforters, 1 baby powder, 1 lotion, 1 teething gel, 1 gel teether, brush and comb, 8 pairs of socks (rolled into roses), 3 bibs, 1 sponge and 1 baby bottle!

This is our gift to our new granddaughter Evie, its a shame to take it apart but it has to be used!

Friday, 22 January 2010

Our New Baby Girl!!

Our gorgeous baby granddaughter arrived yesterday weighing 7lb 13oz! Her name is Evie Lily Mae and her big brother Samuel is really thrilled that she is here at last. Both mum and baby are both fine, Katie had a planned section which was just as well as Evie was breech which Katie was totally unaware of. So when the midwife examined her last week and said her head was down it was in fact her butt she could feel!

Evie is our 11th grandchild, 9 girls and 2 boys! We have very strong female genes in our family!! She will be spoilt, no doubt about that.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Blog Candy Give-Away!!

ABC Toys and crafts is having a sale on all Martha Stewart items in the store including punches, thats right you will receive 15% off all the punches you order. So go check out the over 100 punches to choose from. This is only a limited offer and the sale ends on 22nd January 2010.

There are 3 of these fab punches up for grabs and all you have to do is:

  • Become a follower of ABC crafts
  • You must put 1 of these sets that are being given away on your blog with a link back to ABC blog. (post the one you want the most to your blog).
  • Leave a comment.
  • Use Mr Linky to link.

Draw will take place on 25th January, good luck!!

You gotta be in it to win it, worth a go!!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Cupcakes, Fairy's and Pink!

This card I made for my daughter Donna's birthday, she loves cupcakes, fairies and pink so the card was tailor made for her and pleased to say she was delighted with it!

The image is a download called 'Sugar' from the very talented Mo's Digital Pencil. I was always a bit reluctant to try digital images because I have always found that the printer ink smudges and bleeds and as I use Prismas and Sansador for colouring it was a problem. However, I invested in ink fixative and hey presto! it works! There are some really gorgeous images to choose from, I have quite a few of them on my wishlist! You can click on the link above or on my sidebar, if you haven't seen Mo's work before, go take a peek, you won't be disappointed.

Hope you are all cosy and warm in this freezin cold weather, we have had snow all day today, not heavy, just small light flakes, nothing like it was last Tuesday! Hopefully by weekend it will start melting away and we might even manage to creep beyond nil celcius! Roll on Spring!!

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Sweet Tilda

Well lots of birthdays in our family in January and this is one I made for my granddaughter Bethany's 16th birthday. Beth loves Tilda's as much as I do so she was thrilled with her card.

The sweet Magnolia images were coloured with Prismas with lots of Stickles glitter added.
The BP I have no idea sorry, had it in my stash for ages.
The angel charm has 'made for an angel' on it, which adds a special touch.
I made a tag to fit inside a little pocket and made a bow from some left over tulle.
Circles made using Cuttlebug Nesties.
Hand stitched around edge with dark brown embroidery floss

Hope you are all keeping warm in this flippin freezin weather! Had enough of it now, just wish it would go away. This morning I had to lean out of the upstairs windows and knock the icicles off the guttering, they were beginning to thaw and dropping down like daggers! Thought I better do something before someone got 'speared' by one of them, doesnt bear thinking about!

Hope this means we will have a good summer (LOL)!!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Penny Black Joy Fold Anniversary Card

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all, hope 2010 is a good one for everyone.

After the frenzy of Christmas card making, I lost my mo-jo, just couldnt get motivated at all but we have a ruck of birthdays and anniversaries in January so I had to shake myself up and get my brain in gear.

My first card for 2010 is this one, made for my brother and SIL wedding anniversary. I really enjoy making joy fold cards so thought I would make one for this occasion. The image is of course Penny Black - T.L.C. coloured with Prismas, the DS paper I have had for a while so don't know the name of, sorry! The sentiment I printed on PC. I had this card on the passeneger seat of my car ready for posting when I passed my Granddaughter Bethany who was struggling to walk through a blizzard. I was concentrating so hard on trying not to skid on the ice and watching traffic behind me, I forgot the card was on the passenger seat ........ she jumped into the car and yes, she sat on my card!! I didnt dare open it to check it as I was heading to the the last post collection of the day. Luckily the card seemed none the worse for being sat upon by her damp rearend and I hope it reached its destination without too much damage!