Saturday, December 31

Party Time!!

Owen turns six in February & is having a joint birthday party with his friend Kimberley....


It's going to be a sporty party....


I tried to ensure the invitation was suitably unisex....


& the party details on the back....

Recipe: Images - Stampavie (I have adhered to their Angel Policy); Papertrey Ink / Tools - Stampin' Up Punch; EK Success Punch / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Happy New Year everyone, I look forward to continuing our virtual (& valued)  friendship in 2012 :D x

Saturday, December 24

Santa's Been!!!!

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas & A Happy and Healthy 2012

Wednesday, December 21

Only Four More Sleeps....

I adore this Waltzing Mouse Stamp Set (Nordic Winter) & I'm so happy it came back in stock in time for me to make use of it this Christmas....


 Close up of the card....

Recipe: Images & Sentiments - Waltzing Mouse; Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies

Cleaning the house today...oh joy! x

Sunday, December 18

Let's Get Personal

I rustled these up in 15 minutes this morning so Dean could give them to his brothers today....

Recipe: Sentiments - Hero Arts / Tools - Provocraft Embossing Folder; Papertrey Ink Dies; Spellbinder Nestabilities Dies

The children are with the in-laws so I will be either wrapping presents, or watching television whilst drinking tea & eating cake....haven't decided yet lol xxx

Saturday, December 17

Last Minute Christmas Cards

This should be the last of my Christmas cards (all my designs have been very similar this year)....

Recipe: Images - Stampin' Up! / Sentiment - Verve Stamps / Tools - Stampin' Up! Punch

I've started on my wrapping (but still have a long way to go)....


Only 8 sleeps to go & I can barely contain my excitement!  Have a great weekend & good luck to those braving the shopping centres lol (I did 10 hours at Bluewater yesterday with my siblings so I'm done - phew!) xxx

Saturday, December 10

For My Brother

I made this card for my brother & his Fiancée....

Recipe: Images & Sentiments - Papertrey Ink; Verve Stamps / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies; Spellinder Dies

Off to Bluewater again (we're there practically every week)....hoping it's not too busy today lol x

Friday, December 9

For Mummy & Daddy

Here's the card I've made for my Mummy & Daddy (yes, I still call them that - cringe!), the little tags read 'Mother' & 'Father'....

Recipe: Images & Sentiments - Papertrey Ink / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies; Spellbinder Dies; Corner Chomper

Four posts in one week, can you believe it?  Only at Christmas time lol  Have a wonderful weekend x

Thursday, December 8

For My Husband

My husband is a wonderful man, my perfect companion & an exceptional father (just don't tell him I said so!)....

Recipe: All Supplies Papertrey Ink (what can I say?  I'm a PTI addict!)

Okay, must dash, there's 40% off everything at the local Gap outlet, good time to stock up on clothes for the children, have a great day x

Wednesday, December 7

Christmas Bells

I have another batch of Christmas cards to share today....


Close up....

Recipe: Images & Sentiments - Papertrey Ink / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies; EK Success Punch; Provocraft Embossing Folder

Not long to go now people *happy dance* x

Tuesday, December 6

Birthday Flowers

After all the Christmas projects, it made a nice change to make something else - I CASE'd this card from Maile Belles....

Recipe: All Supplies Papertrey Ink

It's getting very cold & icy, I'm just hoping the snow stays away....until Christmas day of course! x

Saturday, November 26

Thank You

Here's a card I made for my friend Anita....

Recipe: Images & Sentiment - Papertrey Ink; Cardstock, Ribbon & Ink - Stampin' Up!

Enjoy your weekend :) x

Thursday, November 24

Smarty Pants

My brother's fiancée has just completed & passed her Masters Degree (in Neuro-Medicine no less!) which is such an amazing accomplishment I think....

Recipe: Images & Sentiment - Papertrey Ink / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies; Provocraft Embossing Folder; EK Success Punch

I'm currently on my pre-Christmas diet (so I can indulge myself over the holidays guilt-free) but I'm so hungry I'm having chocolate hallucinations lol  Have a great day x

Friday, November 18

Home Is Where The Heart Is

A couple of my friends have recently moved & as much as I am jealous (almost a year & a half on the market & still no joy!!) I'm also very happy for them....


Bright & cheery....

Recipe: All supplies Papertrey Ink

Have a great weekend everybody x

Friday, November 11

Reindeer & Snowmen

The children will be giving this card out to their friends this year.....


I see 'Snowman Soup' gifts on many blogs & whilst loving the idea, I was hesitant because I've never been able to find small packets of marshmallows (I appreciate that some parents are very conscience of hygiene)....however, this year I found some (yippee!)....


So here is my version of Snowman Soup (I did not come up with the little rhyme)....

Recipe: Stamps - Papertrey Ink; Hero Arts / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies; Sizzix Dies

Christmas shopping at Bluewater this weekend, can't wait! x

Monday, November 7

I'm Dreaming of a White (& Red) Christmas

I decided on this year's Christmas colour scheme....last year!


There's an After Eight mint tucked inside....


I'm using solid colour red & white wrapping paper & made 100 tags to match....


Ever so simple Christmas cards this year....


My store bought & handmade decorations for the tree....

Recipe: Images & Sentiments - Papertrey Ink; Waltzing Mouse; Stampin Up! / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies; EK Success Puches; Sizzix Die; WRMK Corner Chomper

I'm so excited & can't wait for the festivities to begin! x

Friday, October 7

Peace Love & Joy

There appears to be a sudden influx of stamps with co-ordinating dies, which I'm thrilled about because I love them!


Another variation....

Recipe: All Supplies Papertrey Ink

Our Indian Summer here in the UK didn't last long, it's umbrella's out & heating on in this household!  Have a fantastic weekend my wonderful friends x

Tuesday, October 4

Spooky Cupcakes

In anticipation of the upcoming school bake sale (& me being Mrs Can't Bake, Won't Bake), I picked up several boxes of these individually wrapped cupcakes for my Halloween themed contribution....


Here's what they look like all dressed up....

Recipe: Images & Sentiments - Papertrey Ink / Template - Papertrey Ink Die / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies; Spellbinder Dies; Provocraft Embossing Folder

I've had enquiries about my Wedding Stationery venture & to be honest I've completely lost interest (very typical of me!), I'm hoping the enthusiasm will return in the New Year! x

Sunday, September 25

New Baby

Here's a new baby card I made for friends, I CASE'd the design from Nichole Heady....

Recipe: Images & Sentiments - Papertrey Ink / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies

Now my youngest is at school full time, I'm feeling a little bit broody....however, Dean has made it clear that if I have another baby, it will be in place of a husband (spoilsport!) lol x

Monday, August 29

More Christmas Projects

Still using surplus materials I'll be making 50 of this card....


Matching gift box (just the one!) - this is my favourite Lauren Meader for PTI template....

Recipe: Template - Lauren Meader for Papertrey Ink / Images & Sentiments - Papertrey Ink / Tools - Papertrey Ink Die; Provocraft Embossing Folder

Finally, a little peek at my Christmas works in progress....


I find mass production very therapeutic & by keeping everything simple it doesn't take as long as one might think x

Saturday, August 27

Christmas Card & Gift Box

I've started on my Christmas projects....


Here's an unusual colour combination for Christmas (I'm using up surplus cardstock)....

Recipe: Template - Papertrey Ink / Images - Papertrey Ink; Waltzingmouse / Tools - Provocraft Embossing Folder; We R Memory Keepers Corner Punch; Sizzix Die; EK Success Punch

Ordinarily my OCD dictates that I dispose of unwanted craft materials, however, I have decided to use the current surplus materials to make Christmas cards instead!  Have a great Bank Holiday weekend x

Monday, August 22

Another Birthday Card

I'm back with another birthday card, clean & simple designs are great because they take no time whatsoever....


Which is why I made another one....

Recipe: Image & Sentiment - Papertrey Ink / Tools - Provocraft Embosing Folder; Papertrey Ink Die

Keeping it short & sweet, have a great day x

Thursday, August 18

Birthday Wishes

Here's a card I CASE'd from Debbie Olsen for my lovely friend Natasha....

Recipe: All Supplies Papertrey Ink

I seem to have disabled the comments facility on my blog & have no idea how to reinstate it - that will teach me to mess with Blogger templates! x

Sunday, July 24

Handmade Wedding Stationery

I'm having a lot of fun coming up with designs for my wedding stationery business 'Simply Besotted' (I use the term 'business' very loosely!), I'm calling this my Simply Elegant Collection....


I'm not presently taking on any commissions, I'm satisfied for the time being to just having something I can turn my attentions to in my spare time.  Thank you however for all your kind words which are very encouraging x

Tuesday, July 5

Just A Note

A fruity little note-card set....

Recipe: Images & Sentiment - Papertrey Ink / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies; EK Success Circle Punches; Zutter Corner Rounder

I hope everyone is enjoying the glorious sunshine here in the UK as much as I am! x

Friday, July 1

Thanks A Latte

We've been very fortunate this year to have had the most amazing (voluntary!) Parent Rep's who have eased our transition into school life, I've got them both Starbucks giftcards as a small token of my appreciation (customised packaging naturally)....


Recipe: Images & Sentiments - Verve Stamps / Tools - PTI Tag die; Zutter Corner Rounder; Stampin' Up! Punch

Should come in handy for all our coffee mornings! x

Wednesday, June 29

Teacher's Gifts

For Owen & Jasmine's (beloved) teachers I've gone with store giftcards again, it was almost a shame to remove them from their pretty packaging....


I found these Rosy Apple sweets from Marks & Spencer....


A little note to express our appreciation....


Put it all together....

Recipe: Images & Sentiments - Papertrey Ink / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies; EK Success Circle Punches

Thank you so much for all your encouragement regarding my new venture, I'll be sure to post my designs as & when I come up with them x