Monday, 1 September 2014

It's almost the most wonderful....

...time of the year, yes folks not long now to Christmas, only 114 days to go, and they are going to fly by, if the rest of the year is anything to go by.
Have you made a start on your Christmas cards yet? - no? - me neither, even though I have already made 19 Christmas cards! unfortunately they were either Meiflower samples which will be on show on her stall, at all the upcoming craft shows, or a magazine commission, which I won't be able to share with you until mid-September when the magazine goes on sale. I  have photographs of them all, so I am going to be showing the Meiflower samples over the next couple of weeks.

Now as you know I am not a stamper, but I really like the Kraft cards I have seen with white stamping on them, so I decided to do a digital version with snowflakes. 

Digital Kraft card - Organics Kraft pack - Pink Petticoat
Digital snowflakes - PNGraphics - Etsy
Tonic layering dies - Scalloped Squares
Ribbon, gems and jingle bells - Meiflower

Thanks for visiting,
Colette xx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Presents and Flowers

Today I have the last two pop-up boxes I made using the Pop-Up Box Mega Bundle from Paper Creator, there is also a new Christmas Pop-Up Box Mega bundle available in store now which is half price (£5 instead of 10) for the first month, so if you want it, now is the time to get it.

Pop-up mega bundle - Paper Creator
Candles, crown, bunting - Little B cutting dies - Birthday (coloured with promarkers)
Gems and ribbon - Meiflower

Box kit - as above
Small Butterfly - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Gems, ribbon and diamante buckle - Meiflower

Thanks for dropping in,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Summer heat...

...where did it go, it wasn't that long ago it was so hot I had every fan in the house pointing at me, and now it's a lot cooler and we have even had the heating on a couple of times. The weather just doesn't seem to know what to do with itself at the moment - you get up to glorious sunshine and by the time you've eaten your breakfast it's chucking it down, but by lunchtime the sun is cracking the flags again. 

I bought the image I've used on today's card when it was really hot, it appealed to me because there were quite a few days when I would have given anything to be able to sit on a big chunk of ice to keep cool LOL! If I was looking for an image at the moment, the young lady would have to be warming her bottom in front of a roaring fire hehe!

Image - bb Summer Heat - Stitchy Bear
Papers - My BFF - Just So Scrappy
Lifestyle nesting Scallops and Plain circles
Die-namics - Flower and leaf trio
EK success slim edger punch - Arch Scallop
Ribbon and pearls - Meiflower

Thanks for visiting,
Colette xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Jungle and Nautical Pop Up Boxes

I am hoping for a nice peaceful day today, Meg is off to her Grandma's for lunch and hubby is taking oldest grandson to the Ormskirk MotoFest, so they can spend a few hours admiring cars they'll never be able to afford and taking photo's to remind them of that fact LOL! Eric is a bit of a petrol head and he's got Will the same way so they will enjoy themselves, checking out all the cars - and of course Will has to have the obligatory fairground ride too.
I have lots to do, so although it will be peaceful I shall be very busy, but at least I won't get loads of interruptions (famous last words LOL!)

Anyway here are a couple more of the pop up boxes available in The Paper Creator mega bundles, I have really enjoyed putting these together as they are soooooo easy with the kit, and you can make them "yours" just by adding a few embellishments.

For this one, I just die cut some letters and added the animal sounds to each of the flaps, the one you can't see has a parrot on it, so I added the word Squawk!

Pop up Box mega bundle - The Paper Creator
Little Lizzie Font - Die-versions

For the nautical version I just added some knotted string, and also wrapped a strip of card in string and dangled a ship's wheel charm from it

String - stash
Charm and pearls - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by,
Hope you are enjoying a peaceful Sunday too,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Teacups and Lace

It's time for a new challenge over at The Paper Shelter blog this week and our theme is super easy, so we would love for you to play along.
If you play along using one of the fabulous Paper Shelter digi stamps or digi paper packs, then you could win a $30 gift certificate to use in store, if you win with any other image then you still get to choose 3 digi images from the store.

I coloured up the gorgeous Vintage Tea cups image.

Digital stamp - Vintage Tea cups - The Paper Shelter
Digital Papers, butterfly and flower - Tea for Two - Just So Scrappy
Ribbon, stick on gems and pearl and charm- Meiflower

I am entering my card into the following challenges.

Paper Minutes - #335 Die Cuts
Papertake Weekly - To Die For
Top Tip Tuesday  - Anything Goes

Make sure you pop over to The Paper Shelter challenge blog and check out the fabulous lacy loveliness from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Bows, Bling and Blooms

It's time for a new challenge over at Paper Creator and this time around the theme is
You don't have to use Paper Creator products to play along but if you do you get two entries into the draw, and the prize is a £10 voucher to spend in store.

I decided to design myself a shaped card, why on earth I decided on such an awkward shape I don't know, I wanted something a little bit different, but when I was cutting out the card shape and papers I wished I'd just gone for something more straightforward LOL!


Digital image - Beauty in the making - Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Digital Papers - Always & Forever - Nitwits
Scalloped oval die - Go Kreate - Large Scalloped oval frames
Oval die - Tonic layering dies Scalloped and straight edge ovals (these are lovely fat ovals)
Tag - Joy crafts tags and labels 6002/0142
Flowers - Freebie dies that came with my Big shot
Fern leaf - very old Carlacraft punch (must be over 10 years old)
Flower centre- Punch bunch - medium sky flake punch
Stick on gems and organza ribbon - Meiflower

Next month my hubby and I will be celebrating 25 years of marriage, and as it happens Meg is going into respite the week of our anniversary, so we decided to treat ourselves to a little holiday, we can't book anything until the day Meg goes, as right up until the last minute we could have to cancel her respite stay if she becomes unwell.
As it's a special anniversary this year, we decided we would look for some Luxury self catering accommodation (I prefer self-catering as we are up a couple of times a night toileting and turning Meg, so when we go away I want to be able to get up when I am ready, not for some preordained breakfast time that is far too early).
Anyway while perusing the internet I came across a place called Brickhouse farm holiday cottages, in Poulton-le-fylde, only just over an hour away from home, but handy for travelling into the Lakes and Yorkshire, and while reading about the facilities at the accommodation I was thrilled to realise that all of the cottages had wide doorways, profiling beds and wet rooms, with the use of a wheeled shower chair (all the things we have at home for Meg), and a couple of the cottages also had ceiling track hoists (a necessity for us) and a hot tub with a hoist for getting in and out. It's so rare to find somewhere to take Meg on holiday that has all the equipment that we need that I decided to contact the cottages straight away to see if there was any availability for June next year in one of the cottages with a hot tub, but they were fully booked from May right through until the end of September. Erica, the very helpful young lady I spoke to, told me that they had a provisional booking for the first week in May and that she would chase it up for me, and if the people didn't want it, we could have it. She called me back a few minutes later to say it was ours if we wanted it, so I paid my deposit and our holiday is booked yaaaayyyyy!
I'm still looking for somewhere for hubby and I for our anniversary!

Don't forget to pop over to the Paper Creator challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Have a fabulous weekend,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Cupcake Fairy

Today I have a card to show you using a sweet Sugar Nellie digi stamp called - Fairy Cakes.

Digital Stamp - Fairy Cakes - Sugar Nellie
Digital Papers  - Little Lady - Just So Scrappy
Memory Box - Cherry Blossom Die
Crafters Companion - Angelica and Adam Cupcake Crazy embossing folder
EK success bracket edge punch
Pearl string - Stash
Ribbon and stick on pearls - Meiflower

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx