Monday, 28 January 2013


Bit of a nightmare morning! Having set my alarm last night for 5.30 so I could get to work for 7.30, I woke up at 6.42... Helps if you actually switch the alarm on!

Did quite well, was only 1 min late! However that was minus the 2 cups of tea I need to get me going the the morning so it was a bit of a challenging morning!

Early starts mean early finishes though, so I did get home in time to finish this...

Card  - From stash
Embossing Folder - Spellbinder M-Bossabilities Winter Wonder
Image - Sugar Nellie - Flakey (digistamp available at Funky Kits )
Coloured with Pro Markers
Dies- X-cut square parenthisis and Spellbinders create a flake 3

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cards and More - Ice and Snow
Crafty Sentiments- White on white with coloured image
ABC Christmas- B is for Boys
Creative Stamp Friends - Winter/Winter sport


Saturday, 26 January 2013

Normality Returns.....well almost!

I managed to print out and colour quite a few images last night, so I have the start of a few cards that I need to make in the next few weeks.

I do need to do something about the light in the living room though, I get in trouble with my husband if it's too bright, but some of the images I coloured last night needed more work in the light of day.

Here's the first card....

Card - from stash ( I have rather a thing for these shiny ones!)
Coloured with promarkers
Cheers stamp I've had for ages, can't remember where it came from.
Black stones - Forever friends black and gold collection
I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
Created with Love  - Anything Goes
Creative Creations - Keep it Simple
Stamp n Doodle - Boys/Male birthday
Cardmakin Mamas - Clean and Simple
CAS-ual Fridays - Make your Mark
Allsorts - Masculine

Lisa x


Thursday, 24 January 2013


I know I said I'd be back on Monday, but I woke up with a splitting headache, sore throat and no voice!
Feeling a bit better now, but still pretty rough.
Spent most of Monday and Tuesday in bed watching Create and Craft and resisting the urge to spend money!

Did venture out yesterday to get some milk, and popped in to Aldridge Crafts to say hello to Jane and Sarah, came out with some dies and embossing folders....

Here is the card I made on Saturday...

Card - From stash
Stamp - The Lost Heart by Gorjuss
Coloured with Promarkers
Ric Ric  and Flowers -Papermania Capsule Collection
Peel off - From stash (probably Anita's)
Sketch - Crazy 4 Challenges (see link Below)
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crazy4Challenges - C4C169 Sketch
Totally Gorguss - KISS (Keep It Simple Silly)
ABC Challenges-  Birthdays
Creative Card Crew -  Girly
Addicted to Stamps-   CAS
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
I love Promarkers - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Hearts and Flowers
Little Miss Muffet - Hearts and Flowers

Sunday, 20 January 2013

That's Better...

Well I finally found my craft room last night! Desperately needed to. Since my wonderful husband brought me a new printer/scanner/photocopier for Christmas I needed to reorganise as it takes up a bit more space than the last one!

One of my other New Years Resolutions was to actually get around to making my Christmas cards this year,  so I am going to try to make at least one a week! Here is the other card I made last weekend...

Stamp - Free with October 2012 Edition of Papercraft Inspirations
Coloured with Promarkers
Mat and card from stash
Paper from Crafters Companion (a free CD from YEARS ago)
'Snow' - Deco Art Glistening snow writer
Sentiment - Anita's Glitterations

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Winter Fun
ABC Christmas - A is for Animal
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas in January
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Recycled or something free

Be back tomorrow with what I made last night!

Lisa x

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Well, life happens...

Sorry I haven't been around much in the last week, to say it's been chaos is an understatement!

I made a couple of lovely cards last weekend, intending to post them Monday morning.....

Then the snow arrived....

I took my laptop to work and an overnight bag as I was on call and didn't think I'd be making it home..

I ended up staying at my In-Laws in Norwich, and I couldn't get onto their wi-fi.

Tuesday- got up early made it into work on time! Getting home was a different matter....

Shift finished at 3.30, got home after picking T up from the childminders at 8.30. Sudden dump of snow at lunchtime = panic rush home = grid lock in Norwich.

Some of my colleagues sat in their cars trying to get out of the NNUH (Norfolk and Norwich Hospital) for over 3 hours!!!

Weds school was closed, and I had to stay off work to look after T.

Back to normal (ish) Thursday, but the roads and pavements were lethal. Still got no crafting done as needed to catch up on the accounts for the VAT return.

Friday, more snow, schools closed therefore 6 year old to entertain and snow forecast for the whole weekend!

Here's the first card I made, for Adrian's Grandma.

Card - From stash (probably bought at the Range)
Stamp - Wistful Emma from Fred she said
Coloured with Pro markers
Die- Lin and Lene Designs
Core-dinations card embossed with Fiskars Blossoms texture plate
Ribbon - free with Crafts Beautiful magazine
Sentiment - from stash (prob another freebie!)

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Make My Monday - Die Cuts or Punches
Oh-la-la Creations - Happy Birthday
Creative Inspirations - One for the Girls
Daring Cardmakers - Embossing

Thank you

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

New Toys!!

I went to the Range yesterday after work to spend my Christmas gift vouchers, I wanted some fancy dies, for cutting frames.  I bought myself a Big Shot in November for my birthday and have been experimenting with it ever since!

However what I came out with was a couple of really interesting punches, that will punch borders, square frames, corners, circles and ovals! Talk about versitile! They,re made by X-cut (Docrafts) and they were £15 each.

Its a funny looking thing.....

But with a little bit for practice you can do this...!

And this!

I'm on an early shift at work, and DH is at rugby training tonight, so the craft room is having a blitz this evening, and then I should be able to get on and create!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Just a quick one...

Just a quick post to show you the card I made for my BIL's Birthday.

It's not the best card I've ever made, but it's the best I could do in the time frame and the chaos that is currently my workroom!

Card- Crafters Companion Centura Pearl
Mat- Green card from Yellow Moon (I think)
Image and word art- DoCrafts Digital Designer Wellinton Past Times DVD
Peel offs- From stash (probably Anitas from The Range)

Appologies for the finger in the photo, but I couldn't get it to lie flat for the photo!

Gatefold Card

Monday, 7 January 2013

Hi Ho, Hi Ho....

It's off to work I go!

I work Mon-Weds so don't get a lot of time to craft on those days. Must make that card tonight though, as it has to be posted tomorrow, so I'll have something to show you in the morning.

In the mean time, I'd like to show you the gift box I made for my MIL's Christmas Present....

Gift Box

I made it using the Fab Ultibags Board from Cratfters Companion, the card stock is also Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Printable Card. The little flower is from a bag of bits that my sister brought me for Christmas.
I would like to enter this into:
Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge - Anything but a card

Sunday, 6 January 2013


Slight panic induced yesterday when I got an e-mail from Facebook notifiying me of birthdays for next week.

Apparently my brother-in-laws birthday is the 10th of Jan, not the 17th as I have it written in my diary!

So will need to make a card ASAP to send out to him.

Only slight problem I currently have my Goddaughters to stay and they sleep.... yep you guessed it, in my craft room!

Have sorted out the topper to go on the card, but that is as far as I've got. Hopefully will get it done tomorrow, although Monday evening is looking more likely! Ho hum....

Anyway thought I'd share a few things I have made for the festive period with you, just to prove I do sometimes get a chance to make things!

Post it Note Holder

Post it Note Holder

Jotter Pad and Pen

Jotter Cover and Pen

Teachers Gift Bag
These were made using templates from Split Coast Stampers, but I had to adjust them a little for Metric use!

The paper for the bag is from the Papermania 12 x12 Capsule pack in Chelsea green.
The Image on the tag is by Jazzy from Words to Delight, (I don't think her stuff is available anymore)
The ribbon was from my local haberdashers.

The card for the covers is from the Crafters Companion Centura Pearls dark range.
I also used the cream card from the same company for the mats.

The word art is by Dianne Miller from Scrap Girls, (it was one of their freebies)
The Embossing folder is a swirls one, I think it's by Papermania, but I wouldn't swear to it!

Hope you like them!

Saturday, 5 January 2013

New Beginings

Tales of a Frustrated Crafter......

Why that title?

Well there never seem to be enough hours in the day to let me get my crafting done!

I work 3 days a week and have a 6 year old son, and a husband who works all the hours God sends, so you'd think I'd have plenty of time!

My New Years resolution was to find more time to craft, and to enter some of the challenges on the other Blogs I follow.

To do that I need a blog.....

So here goes!