Thursday, September 21, 2017

More Sprinkles of Life

Good morning and it is a damp one today.  Rather dark and very damp outside but it does mean that the extra grass seed we have put down will 'take' a little quicker.  There is no time to get the back garden done this year so we shall get onto it as soon as Spring arrives next year but, in the meantime, we shall keep the grass as nice as we can.

The front garden is looking very nice as Paul is spending some time on it each evening.  I still cant get him to stop buying plants from the poorly counter though.

Unfortunately Christiana didnt come home yesterday from the hospital but she is feeling a lot better, the antibiotics are working and she slept all through the night last night.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that she will be home today and she will be staying in the house for a few days until she is fully recovered.

Here is another card made with Sprinkles of Life stamp set

 And the theme has be carried on to the inside too.  There is still plenty of space to write a sentiment.

Would you like to go to a Stampin' Up! party in Derby this Saturday in the afternoon?  If you would please do let me know.  It is also a great opportunity to find out about joining the Stampin' Up! team as well as getting to play with some lovely crafting products.

Thanks for popping in for a read today and I hope your Thursday is a lovely day.  Tracey x

SU Goodies used for todays card
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Sprinkles of Life
Card - Whisper White Thick, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky
Ink - Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
Punches - Build a Tree

Hostess code for SEPTEMBER for all online orders under £150.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sprinkle of Life

Good morning and for the second day in a row, we are up early.  Yesterday it was because Christiana really wasnt well and we were at the Walk In Center at 7am, bless her.  We ended up going for a chest X-ray at the hospital and they kept her in.  She is very comfortable, the medicine is working well and she hopes to be home later today.  Phew.

Here is a card that has been made

 It is using just a few elements of the Sprinkle of Life stamp set which I cant believe hasn't really been used before. 

There is so much with this set and you can do so many different cards and projects with it.  I guess this is my new favourite set for this week.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a lovely day.  Tracey x

Monday, September 18, 2017

Real Red and Old Olive

Hi and good afternoon.

Life got a little busy last week and I wasnt able to update my blog as much as I would like but these things happen.  We had hospital visits, doctors appointments and I wasnt well for a day or two and with Christiana being here, there were not enough hours in the day.

Christiana and I went by train to Carnage Hall in Holmes Chapel on Friday for a conference on her rare condition, Scleroderma.   It is a very plush hotel, on a vast estate with such amazing views.  We met lots of ladies with the same, similar and the same but different condition and heard from experts, doctors and others in the medical profession.  It was a real eye opener.  We mad lots of new friends and look forward to seeing them again soon.  I also got roped into a fund raising event in February which I can tell you more nearer to the date.

Paul has finished painting his new building whoop whoop.  That means that the electrics can go in and then the tables can be removed from the kitchen, oh I am so excited by that. The kitchen revamp has moved up a step or two as we have made a decision on the building works and I am just waiting for a start date from them.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is before the twins and friends come at the end of November... I will keep you up to date.

I know I said that I had shown you the last of the Happiest of Days stamp set but I have another, oops.

I think this is just great for Christmas Cards and tags.   It just needs a little wash and sparkle on the bows but that will get done nearer to Santa's Visit.  I have used one of the new sentiments from the Autumn/Winter catalogue called Snowflake Sentiments and there are some great words and snowflakes in the set.   Just a sweet card coloured in with SU markers.  All the inserts have been done too in Real Red or Old Olive and will be stuck together on my big Xmas Card Finishing Day in November.

Right them, I am off to see if I can have a little play in the craft room.....once I have tided it.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a great afternoon Tracey x

SU Goodies used for todays card
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Happiest of Days, Snowflake Sentiments
Card - Shimmery White for colouring
Ink - Archival Black
Colouring - Real Red and Old Olive Markers

Monday, September 11, 2017

A little Quackers

Good morning on this lovely start to a new week.

Christiana arrived safe and sound and as soon as she ate her Sunday lunch (at dinner time), had her shower it was as though she had never gone away.  She is home for a while this time, I hope.

We had a great day, the drive (or passenger for me) ride was very comfortable in Pauls new car.  No traffic on the road but goodness, what is happening on the main road towards the castle donnington airport.  It looks like a major building site.  When we arrived at Birmingham the car park system has changed and we were very lucky to get an hours free car parking.  And surprise surprise, Christiana had landed 15 minutes early and was with us less than half an hour later, it all worked like a dream.

Yesterday was Aunty Val's birthday and we know she is a little quackers so this card was perfect for her.

The stamp may not be Stampin' Up! but the duck has been coloured in using S. U. inks and put on with a paintbrush and water using the ink lids as paint pallets.   The card is thick Whisper White and just perfect for a little water colouring.  I do hope the post man took it to her in time and that she liked it.

Today we are off to the nurse first thing and then to pick up some medication for Christiana (which will also mean a wool shop visit).  Then it will be home for the rest of the day just chilling and catching up.

I hope you had a good weekend too and thank you so much for having a read today.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Smashing Sunday

Good morning and I am up with the larks today.  My eldest daughter is returning from her Summer holiday so we are off to pick her up from the airport in a while.  Her Autumn holiday is starting now and she will stay with us for as long as the weather isnt too cold.  As soon as it gets too cold unfortunately she will go and have holidays with her sisters in Cyprus until the UK warms up again.

I am pleased to say that I am feeling a lot better and although I do still sound as though I have a cold, it  has just about gone.

Life has been a little busy over the last few days, I have had a trip to town, a christmas card and chatter evening, a day of crafting with 'the' machine just to name a few of the things I have had help doing but it has been so nice to spend so much time with such wonderful ladies and I have made a few new friends. 

This is the wonderful stamp set that you can get, FREE by being a hostess during the months of September and October.  Parties booking are being taken and there are a few afternoons and a couple of evening available if you would like to book your Stampin' Up! party.  Get in touch so that we can arrange this.  This set can not be purchased and it is a stunning 2 step set.

If you would like to come along to a Stampin' Up! party or see what Stampin' Up! is all about you are most welcome to pop in for a cuppa so I can tell you more.  Just let me know when you are free.

Here is a card that has been made by quite a few ladies over the last couple of weeks.

Photographs aren't the best.  The Berry Burst sentiment really stands out against the Powder Pink ink of the flowers and white card.

The pieces of card that were punched out of the layered base card have been used to add a sentiment to the inside of the card.

If you would like to make this card or any other similar card, please get in touch to find out about the get togethers our crafting group have each month.  You are more than welcome to come along.

I had best go and get a wiggle on and start my day.  Thank you for having a read.  Wishing you a smashing Sunday.  Tracey x

SU Goodies used for todays card
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Flower Shop and Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Card - Whisper White and Powder Pink (I keep calling it Baby Powder oops)
Ink - Powder Pink and Berry Burst
Dies - Lots of Labels Framelits
Punch - Pansy Punch
Embellishments - Rhinestones


Thursday, September 7, 2017

The last of Happiest of Days (for a while)

Good morning and guess who is feeling a lot better today, yeah.  My cold is getting easier, I am not coughing so much and I am not so tired, all good news.

Here is one of the Thank You cards for the month of September.
Again I have used the Happiest of Days stamp set with Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst as well as the One Big Meaning stamp set.  I started with piece of Very Vanilla Card

With Old Olive Ink I stamped the vine of leaves across the bottom
Then the largest of the flowers from the set was stamped in the middle of the leaves, using Archival Black Ink.
Using Berry Burst and one of the Thank You stamps from One Big Meaning, the sentiment was stamped in the middle.
Lots of large flowers were then stamped out on another piece of card and coloured in using the ink from the lid of the inkpad.  If you dont have any ink in your lid, just squeeze the ink pad (when closed) so that some ink gets transfered into the lid.  This can then be used to paint in the flowers with a paint brush and some water.

 Colour in the flower on the front of the card

Colour in the leaves, big and small, with Lemon Lime Twist pen
Cut out the large coloured flowers
Adhere the stamped image onto Lemon Lime Twist card and then stick both of those to a Berry Burst Card base or the other way round, a Berry Burst mat stuck to a Lemon Lime Twist card.

Using 3 D Dots, stick the cut out flowers to the front of the card 

 Go over the flower with the Wink of Stella Clear Pen to give it a shimmer

Dont forget to add 3 sequins which are currently available on the Clearance Rack

 If you would like more information about making this card or anything else craft related please do get in touch.

If you are free tomorrow during the day or fancy a bit of crafting tomorrow evening please call in, the kettle will be on all day and it would be lovely to see you. 

Thanks for having a ready and wishing you a lovely Thursday.  Tracey x

SU Goodies used for todays card
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Happiest of Days and One Big Meaning
Card - Very Vanilla, Berry Burst and Lime Lemon Twist
Ink - Archival Black, Old Olive and Lime Lemon Twist
Coloured with Lemon Lime Twist Markers and Berry Burst ink as a watercolour paint
Sequins from the Clearance Rack


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Midweek Musing with Happiest of Days

Good evening and what a damp and miserable day it was in Derby yesterday.  The weather really has changed, it is still dark in the mornings and the nights are really drawing in.  Autumn is here already.

I am full of cold a real hum dinger.  It started Sunday, well Saturday I wasnt the best but Sunday it was as though my nose was a tap.  A few of us got together to have a go at making an Autumn canvas on Sunday and I tried my best.  I really enjoyed the day with my wonderful crafting friends but I was so poorly in the evening and didnt sleep much at night.  Yesterday I was even worse and then last night at 3.30am, we were up with me coughing and unable to get my breath......I am hoping that I shall start to improve today but I dont have much of a voice and I look dreadful.

Lots of us crafting folk got together over the last couple of weeks and here is one of the cards that was made.  I am just so in love with this stamp set, embossing folder and amazing Lemon Lime Twist colour that goes so well with Soft Sky.

I saw the original on a blog hop some time ago and just knew it was one I wanted to make.  I loved making it so much and I hope everyone else did too.

I also used the embossing folder to decorate the flap on the envelope, it just makes the whole thing a little bit more special.

I didnt realise that when you read my blog on a telephone you dont see all the side bars and other bits and pieces.  I am so sorry it has taken me so long to find this out.  I shall in future make sure that I put information at the bottom of each post as well, just in case.  I shall spend the day on and off trying to get everything updated.  If there is anything else you would like to see then just let me know.

Christiana is still making her rugs and I believe that she may have another one or two ready.  I will try to get photos to show you what she has been up to.

If you would like to spend an evening with like minded folk making a start on your Christmas cards or tags or anything else Christmassy then why not come along to the Christmas Card and Chatter evenings that take place once a month in Derby.   If you would like a few more details, please let me know.

Right then, I had best hit that shower to try to feel a bit more human.  Thank you for having a read and wishing you a wonderful day.  Tracey x

SU Goodies used for todays card
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Happiest of Days
Card - Whisper White Thick and Soft Sky card
Ink - Archival Black
Papers - Naturally Eclectic
Coloured with Lemon Lime Twist and Soft Sky markers 
Embossing Folder - Layered Leaves

Please use this should you wish to order any online goodlies  through me if you order is less than £150.  I will send a thank you in the post should you wish to leave your details.  If your order is more than £150 please get in touch as you can get some FREE Stampin' Up! products. 

If you dont already have a demonstrator I will be very happy to help you with any queries that you may have

Friday, September 1, 2017

Roar r r r r

Good morning.  It is Friday and I do still have that 'Friday Feeling' even though I am not at work. Lots of sunshine at the moment, I do hope it lasts.

Yesterday we changed the kitchen patio doors for bi-folding ones.  We also had a new back door and a few panes of 'blown' windows replaced so today I have to try and clear away all the dust.  It is everywhere but I will just do what I can do.  I love the new doors although we do have to ask the company to come back as they seem to be misaligned and not running as smooth as we had hoped.  I will get Mr. A. on to talking to the company.

We have had a roaring couple of nights of get togethers this week.  When I say roaring, I really mean it.

Arent they cute, well I think they are and everyone had fun making them.

Christiana is making another rug for Katerina, I love the colours of this.


As it is the 1st September Stampin' Up! have a new Autumn-Winter Catalogue out and as from today, you can get your hands on some of the wonderful new products.  If you dont already have a demonstrator please get in touch and I will help you as much as I can.
To visit the store and see all the new products, click HERE .  If you would like your own paper copy do let me know and I shall arrange for one to be sent to you.  Alternatively, you are always welcome to call in and collect one.

Right, off to get rid of lots and lots of dust.  Have a wonderful Friday and thanks for having a read.  Tracey x

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Midweek Musing

 Morning and a damp one it is too.  I am off out for an hour this morning so I dont mind what the weather does, any chance of a trip out is a welcome one. 

Here is a lovely card that was made last week using the Happiest of Days stamp set again

The photography on this is not the best as my hands would not do as they were told.  This really is my favourite stamp set currently and once I am able, I shall be making quite a few of these cards to pop into pretty boxes as Christmas pressents.  That does mean a trip to TK Max as they have the best pretty boxes for putting home made presents in.  Goodness, that will mean yet another trip out, yeah.

I just thought I would say a big thank you to the person who got me this candle.  It had a wonderful smell and lasted ages and ages.

It has all gone now but I can certainly recommend it.

Have you got a copy of the Autumn-Winter Catalogue of Stampin' Up! products?  If not please get in touch as I know where there are a few spare.  Orders can be made as from Friday 1st September and if there is anything that you would like to order straight away just get in touch.

Thanks for popping in for a read and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Tracey x

SU Goodies used for todays card
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Happiest of Days
Card - Whisper White Thick and Old Olive card
 Ink - Archival Black
Ribbon - Old Olive
Coloured with Old Olive and Soft Sky markers

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tuesdays Twitter

Good morning, the weather isnt as good here in Derby today as it was yesterday, merky I would call it (gray clouds and dark). However the temperature is still nice at around 17 degrees at the moment.

Lovely to see all my visitors yesterday, I had quite a busy afternoon.  Rather unusual for a Monday as I am normally quite poorly but I managed right up to 9pm last night which is very good.  Got up today feeling a bit off it, headache and not quite right but I know I will perk up after lunch.

Paul is on his way home today phew.  You wont believe the list of little jobs I have for him, I am sure he will wish he was away again, not really.  There are a few things that I cant manage at the moment and I have to try and remember to write them down so that he can help me with them.  Do you make lists or is it just me?

Sunday a few friends came in the morning and we ate sausage rolls and pear cake and had a good natter.  While everyone was here, they had a play with the thumping technique with Stampin' Up! markers to make a few small cards with.

Everyone had a great time and I look forward to another crafty get together with the same ladies in a couple of months.

I received this lovely card from a friend recently.  I just adore this stamp set, thank you Liz.

I think I have caught up with emails, messages and correspondence, it all takes a little longer these days.  I believe it is a combination of having more lovely friends, more time at home and it takes me longer to keep on top of things anyway.   I will never catch up on the housework and chores and things that need doing so I wont even try.  I shall do a bit, rest a bit and just turn a blind eye to what I cant do.

I think everyone I know has redeemed their bonus vouchers now and we are all waiting for Mr. UPS but no sign of him at the moment. I shall let you know when I hear from him.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a lovely day, whatever you are doing.  Tracey x

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday's Make

Good morning.  It is a Bank Holiday here in the UK today which means that all banks and government offices are closed.  A lot of business are also closed, the shops are open for less time and it is the last bank holiday until Christmas day.  For a change the weather is lovely too.

I have no plans today except pottering.  I may sit out in the garden this afternoon and finish off a book I started.  What about you, are you doing anything exciting?

The weather over the weekend has been wonderful too and I have had to water the garden each evening, with help of course.  The first plants we purchased for our new garden last September are all starting to have buds on and a few flowers so its nice to watch the changes.

On Saturday I made this.  It is my Summer themed canvas that was supposed to have been made a few months ago.  I did do a canvas with a group of friends but I was never very  happy with it so I changed it to create this one instead.

It took the whole day as I didnt factor in drying times at all.  I loved making it and I learnt a lot too.   Two days later and it still isnt dry properly so the next one has to be started 3 days in advance so at least the base is dry.  I have discovered new products called Dusty Attic and am exploring all they have to offer....maybe I have too much time on my hands.  The same group of friends are all spending the day together this weekend and we hope to make a canvas with an Autumn theme and I really am looking forward to it.

There are only a couple of days left to cash in your Bonus coupons.  Please dont miss out.  Also, dont forget to check out the Clearance Rack.  Still lots of goodies on offer. If you click HERE it will take you straight to the page.  There are wonderful papers less than £5, enamel dots and even punches.  If you need any help with this please get in touch. My email is  The next order for Stampin' Up! goodies will be going in this evening when I have a little help. 

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a great day.  Tracey x

Friday, August 25, 2017

Dont Forget

Good morning and what a lovely morning it is, so far.  The forecast is 20 degrees with sunshine and clouds so it should be a really nice day.  I guess I shall be watering the garden at tea time tonight as I dont want to loose any of the flowers that are starting to appear.

I am going to have to take advice on what plant to put in the little triangle at the front of the house.  We still havent got round to digging up the pansies and replacing them but this will be a task for next week when Paul returns. 

I am up a lot earlier today as the dustbin men were so noisy.  I am really happy that they come round every week but there was a lot of shouting this morning which woke me up with a bit of a start.  Never mind as it means I get an extra couple of hours today to try to do things.

Dont forget to redeem your Bonus Coupons.  This offer of £4.50 will run out in less than a week.

Something else that we all have to swap is the old £1 coin.  I couldn't believe that we have to hand all these in within the next 8 weeks.  I have lots of little bags of these coins saved up and now I have to take them to the bank to get them changed or I guess I could pop a few coins in my handbag and spend there is an idea.

If you visited the blog on Wednesday you would have read about the bonfires.  We have a neighbour who has recently moved in (although I think they are working on the house and not living there).  This gent has had bonfire after bonfire and it isnt just a little one.  It is a big fire, plumes of black smoke and a smell that is awful.  This smell gets into my house so that when I wake up in a morning, I can smell it. On Wednesday at around 11am the smell was back, the smoke was sky high and you can hear the crackle.  So I pulled up my big girl pants and went round.  Knocked on the door and very politely said that if he didnt stop the bonfires, I would.  I came home and the bonfire was put out. We havent had another bonfire in the last couple of days so fingers crossed that another little problem has been solved.

I have become rather addicted to Stampin' Up's Happiest of Day stamp set and the Eclectic papers.  Here is a card that is rather different from the ones I usually like but I do love this.

The ribbon is so soft, the colours are so vibrant and the Lemon Lime Twist coulour, well, I am in love with it.

Today it is a visit to the hospital, some help with baking a cake and an evening with some wonderful friends. I am really looking forward to the whole day.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a fantastic Friday

P.S. Did you know that you can get ribbon by the meter rather than a whole reel?  Did you know that you can get half a pack of 12 X 12 papers? How about a few sheets of coloured cardstock rather than a full pack? Get in touch for more details.

SU Goodies used for todays card

Stamps - Stampin' Up! Happiest of Days
Card - Whisper White Thick and Soft Sky card
Papers -  Naturally Eclectic 12 x 12 designer papers
Ink - Archival Black
Ribbon - Soft Sky Chevron Ribbon
Stitched Shaped  Framelit Dies
Coloured with the 2017-2019 In colour markers and Soft Sky marker

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mid Week Musing

Good morning.  Rain is forecast today, yes rain.  The temperatures are supposed to be around 21 degrees though so that is good. 

We have had to spray weedkiller all on the path around the front of the house so I hope it has been down long enough to kill the weeds before the rain comes.  I hate the pesky little weeds that are starting to come up but this is caused by the birds dropping seeds or by the wind blowing them and they fall in between the cracks of the path. 

Here is a card that has been made just using SU colour smokey slate and the envelope as well as the insert all matches too.

I thought it looked rather nice and I am very pleased with it.

I have a few boxes to sort out today as Mr. UPS man came to visit yesterday, exciting.  As soon as I get a visitor to open them up I will let you know, its a bit awkward to open and empty these boxes when Paul isnt around but I know someone who is due around 10am today, phew.

Thank you for having a read today, if you would like to know more about the Get Well Card please get in touch and I am always happy to craft chat.  I hope you have a great day, whatever you are up to.  Tracey x

Items used for todays card
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Flower Shop and Hopeful Thoughts
Card - Whisper White Thick, Whisper White normal card and Smokey Slate card
Ink - Smokey Slate

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesdays Twitter

Good morning and a bit of a colour change on the blog today.  It is supposed to be Summer  so Summer colours are needed, I thought.  Mind you the weather doesnt look to be the best, thick white clouds here in Derby.  It was very foggy this morning but the temperatures are still good, 18 degrees at the moment.

Here is a card that was made recently

 I think that this is just perfect card for most people.  The parcels were stamped onto a Whisper White piece of card.  These were coloured in and cut out.  They were stamped again onto a card front.  This was then stuck onto piece of Lemon Lime Twist card and matted onto the card base.  The cut parcels were adhered with dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped onto the bottom of the card.

We had some builders pop in last night to see what works needs doing to get the kitchen ready to have the units installed.  I will let you know how we get on.

I seem to have cracked the parking opposite our drive issue.  The very nice notes I put on the windscreens have stopped people from parking there which is good news.  Now the next issue is how to stop bonfires.  We have had 5 bonfires in 8 days from the same person.  They start around 5pm in the evening and go on for 3 -4 hours and the smell is awful.  It means that all the windows have to be closed.  On Saturday they started in the afternoon which meant that the washing had to come in, I dont think it is fair.  The air is awful and causes me to cough.  I think I shall have a look at the local council website to see if there is anything on there.

Christiana has just about finished her last (again) wreath. It just needs trimming and a ribbon putting on it to hang.

Thanks for having a read today.  I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday whatever you are up to.  Tracey x

Items used for todays card
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Happiest of Days
Card - Whisper White Thick, Whisper White normal card and Lemon Lime Twist card
Ink - Archival Black
Coloured with the 2017-2019 In colour markers and Daffodil Delight marker