Wednesday 25 October 2023

Quilled Poinsettias


I hope you are all well? & if not I'm sending you hugs x

I've been trying out different craft classes, some with success, others not so - why is it the ones you spend the most on, turn out to be a disaster (well in my opinion) !!

Today is the start of my last Challenge of the year, as a design team member & like yourselves I have a lovely collection of Christmas cards - please pop over to the lovely Maureen's blog Rudolph Days Challenge & take part, where there is always a lovely prize too.

Quilled Poinsettia, made at a craft class & decorated with gems from my stash
Papers : Basic Grey - 'Jovial'
Sentiments : Lili Of The Valley - 'Christmas Tags'



Quilled Poinsettia made at a craft class, pearls from my stash
Paper: American Crafts - 'The Goods'
Poinsettia Edging : Sweet Dixie - 'Festive Floral Frames'
Sentiment: Penny Black - 'Good Friends / 3728J'

Thanks for looking & for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, luv Sam x

Friday 25 August 2023

Christmas Tree


I hope you are all well ? 

We are all ok, Harrison got his GCSE results yesterday & he did well enough to get into College to do Maths, Chemistry & History A Level, which is good news.

Today is the first day of the lovely Maureen's fabby Rudolph Days Challenge and you only have till 31st August to upload your wonderful Christmas makes and I look forward to viewing them.

Sentiment : 'Christmas Tree Stamp & Die Set' - Hampton Art
I embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder, to make it stand out
Embossing : 'Winter Trees' - Cuttlebug
Papers : 'Holiday Trimmings' - Penny Black
Ribbon : 'Blushing Bride' - Stampin' Up

Thanks for looking & if you would like to leave any comments, I would be most grateful, luv Sam x

Sunday 25 June 2023



I hope you are all well & if you aren't, I'm sending you virtual hugs & wishes.

Harrison has finally finished his GCSE'S & he has also managed to get himself a job in a pub / restaurant, waiting & he is really enjoying it, especially now he doesn't have to ask Alan & I for money all the time !! We have also been decorating the hallway - new carpet arrives on Tuesday.

Unfortunately due to a busy couple of months, I'm still working off the ipad, sorry.

Today is the start of the lovely Maureen's Christmas Challenge: Rudolph Days Challenge

    • Image : Penny Black - 'Snuggles / 1270K / 1998'
    • Papers : Lili Of The Valley - 'Woodland Wishes'
    • Sentiment : Wild Rose Studio - 'Swirly Greetings'
Thanks for viewing & for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Tuesday 25 April 2023

Penguins And Poinsettia


I hope you are all well ? Since I lasted posted Alan & I have been on a cruise to 5 ports including Egypt (3 hours to get there & 4 hours 10 mins to get back) & Israel (3 hours late getting into port, so excursion was reduced, which was disappointing). Harrison starts his GCSE'S on 5th May, so it's stressful heaven in our house !!

Unfortunately my computer has gone to electronic heaven and I'm using the ipad, that's why there is no watermark on my cards, hopefully by next time, we'll have a new one.

Today is the start of this wonderful Challenge and it runs until 30th, it gives you a great chance to get ahead of cards for Christmas Rudolph Days Challenge .

Today's first card I found on The Card Grotto / Little Reindeer and I adapted it, as I didn't have the MFT stitched peek a boo window die, so I had to use 'MFT - Stitched Med Square' a single die & cut it 3 times.

Penguins stamped 3 times : Mama Elephant- 'Penguins Waddle'

Sentiment / part of the die : Mama Elephant- 'Penguins Waddle'

Paper : 'Doodlebug - 'Frosty Friends'

Embossing: Cuttlebug - 'Snow'

My second card, was made at a card class I went to, they wanted me to make a voucher wallet, but I preferred to make a card, so l adapted it.

Papers and Image : Stampin' Up - 'Leaves and Boughs of Holly'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, luv Sam x

Saturday 25 February 2023

Snowflake Window


I hope you are all ok ?, if not, then I send you virtual hugs, as Winter can be rough on a lot of people. 

I can't believe it's been 4 months since I last posted and boy lots have happened, I now have a beautiful pergola in my garden, I'll show you the before and after photos after the cards.  Harrison has turned 16 and has been accepted into the college he wants to go to, to study A-levels, pending his GCSE results. Alan is enjoying his new job and me, well I'm busy meeting new friends, volunteering and getting out and about visiting different places.

Today is the start of the fabby Challenge run by the wonderful Maureen Rudolph Days Challenge, it's very short this month, as it ends on the last day of the month and this month it's the 28th !! 

I've based both cards this month on a die - 'Snowflake Window' that I managed to buy 2nd hand from the lovely Jen Nelson (some of you in blogging land with know the name), as soon as I saw it, I knew I would have great fun playing with it -as I had seen several Stampin' Up cards using a die set 'Snowman Magic Bundle' and I wanted to make them, without buying the Stampin' Up set, as I already had a Snowman die - it's amazing what you can create, if you just have a rummage in your craft stash 😁 x

Just to let you know the blue card is smaller - hence why the snowman looks a little bigger 😀

Papers : DCWV - 'The Winter Matstack' a small size 4.5 x 6.5, not normally a size I buy (and have had them a while), but they were perfect for both of these cards

Die : My Favourite Things Die - 'Snowflake Window'

Snowman : My Favourite Things Die - 'Scenic Snow Globe'

Sentiment On Purple card : Cottage Cutz Die - 'Merry Christmas Santa'

Sentiment On Blue card : was one of the sentiments from the DCWV papers, that I was already using

Thanks for looking and for any comments, you would like to leave, would be most grateful, Luv Sam x

Tuesday 25 October 2022



I hope you are all well ? 

Since I last posted, Alan has resigned from his job, as he was headhunted for a new one, so as he put it he resigned at 10.15am and by 10.18am I had given him a list of jobs to do - due to a conflict of interest, he went on gardening leave for 3 months 😂, I did let him have a week off, whilst we went on a fabulous River Cruise from Cologne, going to Koblenz, Strasbourg and Basel. 

This month is my last designer spot for this year on the wonderful Rudolph Days Challenge and after this only 1 more Challenge till Christmas - how scary, especially if you haven't made many cards / gift tags, therefore you have from today till 31st October to enter.

Circle Die : Memory Box - 'Poinsettia Circle Frame'
Large Poinsettia : Spellbinders - 'Layered Poinsettia'
All the leaves have been enhanced with white chalk / VersaMagic 
Sentiment : First Edition - 'Christmas Sentiment Dies'
Paper : A very old Dovecraft one, but I don't know the name of it
Pearls have been gold embossed
Ribbon is from my stash

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x