Wednesday, 21 February 2018


Hump day and finally I have had an opportunity to do some crafting.
After my birthday weekend in London time has been tight catching up at home (had plasterers etc in for lounge and hallway) and at work.

So I decided to do some jewelry and hand sewing. Not the easiest things to do with rheumatoid arthritis BUT it's a clean craft and after having plaster and paint for the past couple of weeks I just want clean!

My "man bites dog" cards this week are a bit odd-'devoted wife snubs brave cop'! 
Apologies to those I was not able to return visits to the other week I will try harder this time, honest. 
Happy crafting

Monday, 19 February 2018

Tower Bridge visit

We recently went to London for a few days.
After lots of visits (my brother lived there for years) I am always surprised that we constantly seem to find new things to do, many of them free or really good value. This update is for The Tower Bridge Experience. You do have to pay but it's only £8.70 which considering its iconic status I think is good value for money. 

You get the opportunity to walk across the bridge in glass walkways! It is a very odd sensation and on one of the walkways they even have a mirrored ceiling so you can take selfies easily! There are also some amazing views along the Thames but even the towers inside have some amazing displays like this one where they have figures of the workmen that built and used to maintain the bridge.

 Then there is the opportunity to go down to the engine rooms. Sadly the disabled access lift was out of order but luckily I can still manage stairs (just a bit slower) so I was able to visit (though it did take more time and energy than I expected but worth it). 
 The engine room was fascinating and all in working order. 

So would I recommend it? If you are in London  and not scared of heights then yes, we thoroughly enjoyed it. But if you are in a wheelchair I would recommend checking the lifts (especially the engine rooms one) are working (they have a help line you can call). 


Saturday, 10 February 2018

Use ups

So after clearing out my scraps box I came across some alcohol ink pieces that were TOO pretty to chuck so I decided to make a card.

All these pieces, from the image to the layers and the anchor all came out of my scraps box.

Sometimes I find it just needs my mojo to be in the same room and stick around for long enough to actually make something-pleased with this card.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 7 February 2018


Hump day and its been a hell of a couple of weeks with one thing or another in our household so very little crafting, however...check this out I did get to tidy the craft room!

I know, not only did I clear and clean the desk (yep, wet wipes and dust.....paint splashes be gone) but....

I tidied up my scrap box placing like with like in A5 pouches and finally binning those wee small pieces of paper that I have been keeping since the last clear out and still not used!

Then I cut some patterned paper (it's not like I don't have enough) and lined all my clear plastic drawers so that they all look a bit more tidy and cohesive.

The things I can do with an impromptu couple of hours off work-who new!


Saturday, 27 January 2018

Anniversary Card

Hello peeps, just a quick update for a card I made recently for a 25th Anniversary.

I used some silver skeleton leaves, die cut 25 from some holographic card and added some ink over the top of an embossed piece of card.

I then used a silver pain pen to add some detailing around the edges of the card.

Nice and simple but something you know you could not just pop to the shops and buy so hopefully the recipient loved it.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 24 January 2018


On my desk this week is my almost finished 365 Journal page.
 I know I am ahead of time, go me!

It is laid out on my desk waiting for the glossy accents to dry before I think about adding some more images, embellishments of maybe some scribbles.

No "Man Bites Dog" cards this week as I forgot to get them out (I blame RA flares and brain fog-nothing to do with my age!!)

So, why not join us over at the lovely Julia's page (link over on the right) and show us your workdesk this Wednesday?

Happy crafting


Monday, 22 January 2018

Upcycled Cards

I am sure I am not the only one, but I like to upcycle Christmas cards and Calendars rather than just recycle them.  I find it is a great way to use up stash.

I particularly like these London ones, I have used some patterned tissue paper from the White Company (someone passed me their leftover paper) as backing on the first two cards and then used some images from last years calendar that I matt and layered.

I then decided to make an effort to use the large amount of Kraft card blanks I appear to have in my stash and created a series of cards from these too.

So there you have it, some cards ready for next year.  
If you spot a card you sent us then I hope you don't mind it being used rather than recycled.

This year my card sales went to a donation to St Mungoes homeless shelter who operate several centers in Bristol so seemed a fitting charity.

Happy crafting

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Christmas present de stashing

Now this is a tale of learning from experience!

I decided this year to try and make a foldable shopping bag, one that had a way of folding and staying folded in my handbag.  I cobbled together a few different designs on Pinterest and thought I had it sorted.  A bag with a small pocket in the front (for lists etc) and a button and piece of elastic so I could roll it up and secure it........and herein lies the issue.

It didn't dawn on me that the elastic would need to be long enough to stretch all the way round the bag when it came up FAR too short and wouldn't do up! 

Back to the drawing board!!  This bag is used as one of the "chuck it in the boot of the car" bags I tend to keep in there rather than waste it.

So, then I tried again but this time I used my first bag rolled up as a template and measured some elastic (and added a bit for good luck)........

and this time it worked!  

I made a nice label and thought it would be a lovely present for Christmas so I made a couple more in different colours.  They take a while to make as sewing isn't natural to me and involved taking a couple days off work to do them, but I got there in the end!

Yes, I know it would be cheaper and easier to have bought bags-but I enjoy making them (though you wouldn't know it if you could hear the language that accidentally comes out across my sewing machine at times!!) and it forces me to take some time off work (which is never a bad thing).

If anyone has any ideas for good destashing ideas for fabric please let me know!  Last year I made the tissue holders from fellow WOYWW crafters Fiona and Jan's instructions (they were brilliant but I made so many everyone got one) and some notebook covers so I am looking for ideas ready for next Christmas!

Happy crafting

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Scrap card

Hello peeps, if you popped over to my desk on Wednesday you would have seen these cards in the making phase.

I managed to grab a few minutes the other evening to finish them, so I am pleased with that.

I quite like these cards as they are good for both men and women.

I remember going into an expensive boutique shop in London last year and actually found the company that makes the toiletries they use this tissue paper for.  

That is the great thing about supporting scrap stores, a lot of the paper products come from a vast array of companies making packaging products for companies all over the country.  

All I know is that their products were REALLY expensive (unlike the tissue paper which cost me pennies for about 50 sheets).

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


Happy hump day again where we bare our desks in all their glory.

This time I actually have crafting on my desk!  I know, I have made some time to put my needs first-long may that continue!

On my desk is some tissue paper I picked up at the local scrap store a while ago.  
It nice and thick which makes a good backing paper for cards, I just need to cut the matting for the sentiments and add them to the cards and hey presto-finished.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are:
'Naked Judge Indicted Tycoon'-we can but pray, though why the judge needed to be naked who knows (haha).

So, what are you up to at the moment?  

If you are on the east coast of the States then I do hope you are staying warm (the TV footage of the weather over there has left us speechless).

Happy crafting