Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Hello again, it can't possibly be Wednesday. Feel as though my feet have hardly touched the floor since last week.
Thanks to all who visited me last week , I did reply where I could.
The Craft Weekend went very, very well and everyone said they enjoyed it - I will put some photos and a little more detail at the end.

I have almost put everything away from the weekend, cleaned my stamps etc.It was hard remembering and taking everything. I normally hold my class at home so everything on hand.

Anyway I have two workdesk/workspace photos.

Oh dear not sure what happened there. You might be able to make out what's there.

The one below is my actual desk, quite small, an old washstand. I've actually cleared it off a bit. Under the sealotape dispenser are the new annual Catalogues from Stampin' Up!

Above are the makes from the weekend. We made the box on Friday evening and I had provided a sweet heart shaped candle to go inside. On Saturday we decorated the heart, the tin and made the cards - there were five designs and each lady had 20 cards they could make. Sorry the photos are really not very good.

If you would like to join in WOYWW then pop over to the lovely Julia's Blog and join in. I will visit all who visit me and who end in the same number as me.

So back to  the weekend.
We started on Friday at five o clock with Bucks Fizz and nibbles and then made the boxes. Later had dinner and then played bingo :-) for crafty prizes. Lots of chatting and laughter.

Saturday morning began with breakfast and then we decorated the heart and made the decoration for the tin.There was a break for homemade biscuits and drinks. Lunch followed - gorgeous wraps.
On Saturday afternoon all the ladies started on the cards. They had all they needed for four of five designs. Apart from lady ( who was a little difficult at times - long story) everyone finished everything.
We finished with a fabulous dinner and a raffle. I was shattered but it was all worth it.

Some photos

Nibbles above

Below part of Friday dinner


Saturday breakfast below

Goody bags -I used shrink plastic for the hearts and beads from my stash

Chocolate and mini gifts

Discovering the contents of the goody bags

And we're off!!!

scones and cream for afternoon tea.

I didn't manage anymore photos as I was busy with finishing off, tidying up for dinner and then collapsed with a glass of wine :-)

Hope you've enjoyed reading and looking.

Mum not brilliant and causing me to worry a lot. She seems more frail etc. So sad to see her like this. Hopefully back next week.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Gosh the time is flying by. Here we are again for a peek at desks around the world. Thank you for visiting last week, I did, eventually reply to all I could. If I wasn't able to I left a reply to your comment.
I managed my first Blog Hop on Sunday - a minor miracle. It was my post before this one and you can see the cards I made for DH and our youngest son for their birthdays.

A quieter week than last week, well except for preparation for the weekend. We collected our granddaughters from school on Friday evening and on Saturday I met up with my friend Marion who is hosting the weekend and doing all the catering. It all sounds fabulous. I hope I will remember to take photographs of everything and will report back! :-)

So to my work space. It's looking a lot tidier than it did :-) getting stuff packed up ready.

In first photo I'm starting to make up packs of various elements needed for each card. I used to put everything in one box per card. Found things got lost or damaged, so I now usually put
everything in pack/packs per lady. They tend to take care of their own things better.

Chocolate !!!!! making up packs to put in each individual bag - got to have chocolate :-)

Some Molton and Brown minis - table favours - not finished the packaging yet!!

A sneak preview of the bags!!! will show you more next week.

Well short and sweet- how it's supposed to be I think :-) I've still a few things to do and I think there may be a lengthy phone conversation later with my brother re mum :-(

If you would like to join in WOYWW then visit Julia's Blog and find out more.
I will visit all who visit me and who end in the same number as me.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Jems Blog Hop Something for the Men

Hi there. This is my first Blog Hop ever, hope I've got it right! Have to admit that I don't find masculine cards very easy to come up with! However I needed three this month. One for my husband, one for our son and another for my nephew. Today I'm sharing the ones I made for my husband and our son.

All products used are from Stampin'Up!

I saw this type of card here The Craft Spa  made by the lovely Amanda Bates. 
I used Whisper White Thick Cardstock for the base and retiring In Colour Water Melon Wonder. 
The stars and letters are in Night of Navy. 
The Sentiment is from the stamp set -  Big on Birthdays, stamped in Water Melon Wonder  
I used the  Large Letters Framelits for the letters.

For the card for my husband I used Tip Top Taupe ( another retiring In Colour for the  base, Sahara Sand  and Early Espresso. The backing paper was some I had left from one of the Christmas DSP packs.
I sponged the edges of all pieces of card and paper with Early Espresso
The sentiments were from, Guy Greetings and  Crazy About You. For the hearts I used red and gold glimmer paper. The flourishes were from the  Timeless Textures set. I stamped off first before stamping the flourishes in Early Espresso. 

I am last on the list but if you want to go back to the start of the hop click on the link below.

                           If you missed the one before me then click below to go back one.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017


Thank you for the visits and kind comments last week. I'm sorry I didn't visit more deskers, was late commenting on some. There were also a couple I couldn't comment on but I left a reply after your comment.
Time just flew by last Wednesday. we had to have our radiators all flushed out, Wednesday was the day!!! I went out shopping , Left DH in charge. It was a cold day as well and no heating on brrrrrr.
 On Wednesday afternoon I took two of the ladies ( friends) who have joined Stampin Up with me as their Upline, to meet my lovely Upline. She showed us the New Catalogue ( she had it as she went to Onstage) some new goodies and we had a play. A fun and relaxing time. Afterwards we called at a local pub for our dinner. A good day but we were late back and I was too tired to comment much on Wednesday evening.
Another busy day on Thursday. I went to have my hair done, trying out a new hairdresser - verdict is not in at the moment. But on Thursday evening we went to see Billy Elliot at Birmingham Hippodrome. I thought it was amazing and could happily go again.
On Friday we collected out granddaughters from school as Sarah (D.I.L.) was at the Fort in B'ham with Betsey her vintage ice cream van. As it was our son's birthday we went to their house later and enjoyed some delicious Chinese take away. On Saturday we chilled out :-)
Sunday was DH's birthday,  I treated him to lunch out and then we went to our son's for some cake and tea.
Monday was Bank Holiday, youngest son. granddaughters and DH and I met up with eldest son and D.I.L. and eldest grandson at Carsington Water in Derbyshire - to celebrate the birthdays. Lunch , a walk and then cake and coffee. Sarah was in Brindley Place in B.ham with Betsey and grandson Sam was at Headingly playing cricket with the Yorkshire cricket team - a chance he couldn't miss. It seems we've been eating lots!!! A lovely time though - much needed.
Today not so good as I had to go to the dentist :-( (my tooth broke for a second time so it was decided that a crown was the next step).The preparation for it was very painful :-(

Well I'd better get onto the WOYWW part hadn't I. I finished all the cards I needed. I will show you next week. They should be on my blog on Saturday when I am supposed to be joining in with a Blog Hop. Not done one before so we will see.

I am still preparing for the Craft Weekend - well Friday evening and Saturday - in a couple of weeks time. Still lots to do

 Below - where I was working- still looks same tonight - Tuesday.

 Below, other end of table with some of the samples etc.

I will endeavour to visit a few more desks tomorrow! Certainly visit all who visit me and who end in the same number as me. Want to join in then visit stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ where the lovely Julia- the Boss :-) will tell you how.

 The birthday boy, well one of them :-) blowing out his candles. my friend made him a delicious carrot cake. I put the frosting on and made the carrots!!

Sarah, Jonathan and the girls put together a hamper for DH as there was nothing else he wanted. He is so difficult to buy for.

 Scooting along, three of our four grandchildren.

Carsington Water

Eldest grandson - Harry

DH, eldest Matthew, youngest- Jonathan and Matthew's wife Carolynn

 Well I think I've gone on enough now. Hopefully back with WOYWW next week and the blog hop on Saturday!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


Hi everyone. I made it again. Wondered if I would as we were very late eating tonight, after spending a lot of time today on the telephone with my sister and brother re mum. Things still the same really. Thanks for all the kind thoughts and wishes last week, I do appreciate them.

I have managed a little crafting today as I needed to make a birthday card for DH for Sunday and finish one for DS for Friday. I nearly gave in and bought them but have more or less got them sorted. I will share soon.

So my space as of tonight

I really must sort myself out and use my camera these photos don't seem to be so good.

So above you can see DH's card - a double z fold I believe they are called - thanks to Amanda Bates.  I was almost finished - had been checking out some embellishments when the phone rang - again - it was about two hours later when I came off. So still need to add the finishing touches. The box at the back has some of the items needed for my craft event.

Took another shot of along the table. It all looks a bit of a mess but it is mainly ordered :-) - a lot of the various parts for cards etc are at far end in boxes. I am panicking slightly at though of what I've got left to do. 

Hopefully share more next week. if you would like to know more about WOYWW  and join us all then visit The Stamping Ground you can be sure of a very warm welcome. I will come and visit as many as I am able and everyone who visits me, and who ends in the same number as me. 

We had a lovely time on Sunday. Our son and family had arrived home from a holiday in Portugal. They invited us round to catch up with them for brunch. Afterwards we went a walk and then back to view the holiday photos. I am really happy they had a wonderful time but am glad that they are back safe and sound. Have a great week , hopefully back soon. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Hello deskers. It's been a long time, can't quite believe how long really.
 Mum has been in and out of hospital, back in at the moment - I spent Easter weekend in Somerset visiting her. In fact since I took her home after Christmas I have only seen her in hospital. I also had flu in February. Sometimes I have spent ages on telephone re mum and been too tired to blog, or knew I wouldn't be able to visit other people. So in brief that's why I've been missing. There have been some enjoyable times as well.

Any way here is my desk/work space - I am now trying to prepare for a Friday evening/ all day Saturday class in May. Had hoped to go away for the weekend for a Craft Retreat but in the end it didn't work out ( not given up on the idea altogether) so one of the ladies that comes to classes, who is a dear friend and does all catering for me said she would host the event at her home. So plan is to meet Friday evening, drinks and nibbles - a little Make and Take Project, a game and then supper. On the Saturday we will meet for breakfast, craft, light lunch, craft some more and then dinner on the evening. Well that's the plan :-)
So today I started planning so that's what is on my desk!

Planning on using Stampin Up Succulents stamps, thinlits and design paper. Unfortunately they are now on the retiring list but as I had already purchased everything I cannot change the theme. 

Above the beginnings of some of the makes. Sorry the photos are not brilliant. 

Below are the makes from my April class - based on/ inspired by ideas from Pinterest. Cannot remember where from but the top right hand corner is from Amanda Bates - The Craft Spa- she makes some gorgeous projects.

 Some of the ladies hard at work. There were ten altogether.

Above - mum in hospital time before last. She has a compression fracture of her spine. She spent four weeks in hospital, came out - fell in the kitchen and as I said back in now :-(

Below is little sausage ( Mum's great grandson - well one of them :-) - he has had more time in hospital. He has had the feeding tube for a long time now. He was quite poorly and kept pulling it out. It looks as though he will be going to Great Ormond Street to have a PEG fitted. They have also said he may have have suffered some damage because of the feeding tube, other than that he seems to be doing well. 

If you got this far thank you for reading. If you want to join in WOYWW click on the icon on my sidebar and visit the stamping ground blog and find out more.
I will visit all who visit me and those ending with same number as me.


Hello again, it can't possibly be Wednesday. Feel as though my feet have hardly touched the floor since last week. Thanks to all who vi...