Friday, November 30, 2012

shock horror...

Good morning everyone...bbbbrrrrr its cold here I hope where you are your staying warm...ok now don't all faint at once but theres no colouring on my card today...I know shock horror lol...we went out for a little mooch yesterday and then shopping around the supermarket...but when we went to the checkout some daft woman had a hugely packed trolley had unpacked a few things onto the belt then decided to head off and do more shopping blocking everyone from checking out there too...some people are just so thoughtless arent they...well I wasn't going to put up with that and after about a minuet waiting for her to finish I repacked her trolley and moved it out of the way...she wasn't best pleased when she finally arrived back with her arms full of shopping but by then we were almost finished so shows how long she was...we decided over our 'put the world to rights' coffee session that people seem to lack empathy these days and don't give a thought for others...I would like to think I'm not like that, we were brought up to care about others and always to put ourselves in their place and think how we would we know what I should have done, hid her trolley but I wouldn't be that wicked would I lol...right now onto my card for today, I needed a quick card today and didn't want a coloured image on it so used these three fabulous bauble stamps from the Kaisercraft Turtle Dove collection stamp set...they are gorgeous aren't they...I teamed them up with some lush papers from the My Mind's Eye The sweetest thing/Bluebell papers I love this paper pad the colours are lush and even work for Christmas...I finished with a couple of ribbons, a few pearls and a sentiment from the Kaisercraft Clear Stamps - Twig & Berry Postmarks everything except the ribbon and pearls are from Bunny Zoe's Crafts but I think a few of them are out of stock atm...the fab sketch is from the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge and I'm also entering it for the Simon Says Stamp challenge and the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge too...we are heading out tonight its our Towns Christmas light switch on, its not a huge thing but its sort of the start of our Christmas together celebration and we will be putting our tree up tomorrow...ooooohhhhhhh so excited for Christmas, I feel like a kid again lol...whatever your up to today watch out for those ignorant shoppers lol
Mina xxx

Thursday, November 29, 2012

snow joke...

Good morning everyone...sorry for the pun I couldn't resist using it for my card today and had to use it in the title too know the days when you go in your craft room and the bug gets you, I had one of those yesterday and made 5 cards and coloured 8 images, hows that for a roll...poor Phil spent most of his evening in the rain with a friend looking at our Daughters car which for lack of a better word conked out, no idea why at the time it just stopped dead...luckily Phil's friend is a mechanic and had some computer equipment in his car that he could wire up to the car to tell what was its a faulty battery which isn't tragic but bad enough for a young couple struggling with Christmas coming up so we offered to buy her a new one but little miss independence wants to sort it out herself...but she knows we are here if she needs us I guess...sometimes we just have to let our kids get on with things don't we no matter how hard it is not to butt your nose in lol...right now onto my card for today, how cute and funny is this poor little snowman, he reminds of accident prone me (btw I fell out the door the other day oops lol)...hes from Teddy Bo's Fairy Doodler and is called Pencil sketch Melted Man...I love the Pencil sketch images Gayle does don't you...they have so much character and are really lifelike...I coloured this cutie with distress inks and glittered the edges so he would just catch the light and look frosty...the amazing papers I teamed him up with are from Cosmo Crickets Dear Mr Claus range and is called Santa's letters...I love the lettered side don't you...I cut some out to make the sentiment and finished with a strip of lush lace from Kars...the fab sketch is from the Crafty Creations challenge and I'm also entering it for the Teddy Bo Challenge and Whimsy Stamps challenge too...Its supermarket day with my lovely Dad today and time to do a bit more Christmas shopping I think...I have a huge list to get through...whatever your up to today have a brilliant one and wherever you are I hope its warmer than it is here
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
snowman shading - pumice stone, pine needles
bucket - barn door, pumice stone

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

its amazing whats on your doorstep...


Good morning everyone are you all having a good week?...I forgot to show what we found at the weekend...this stunning place is literally around the corner from us how amazing is that...Phil shot these stunning photos...I think we have a budding photographer in the family don't you?

there's a University very close by us and this is part of the grounds attached to it...we also found some fabulously huge holly trees with loads of berries and birds...its stunning

we went out for coffee yesterday and a little bit of shopping but I still haven't a clue what to get Phil, I would get him a new camera but I bought him one last year and he uses mine for photos he really wants to take...I'm beginning to panic now, I know exactly what I'm getting everyone except my Dad and Phil ...aaaarrrrgggghhhhhhhh help....right now onto my card for today which is for our new challenge at Crafts and Me challenge...this time is our lovely Sara's choice and she chose Ribbon or now I don't need told twice to use ribbon do I lol...I haven't made an easel card for ages so decided I would use this stunning Sara Burrier digi called Perched at Dawn from Crafts & Me.and make one...isn't it stunning, I coloured it with distress inks and turned the bird into a Robin, I'm not sure I got the colouring right as I was trying to copy the robins on the bird table outside but they are ssssoooooo fast lol

I glittered her wings and teamed her up with these amazing papers from the Glitz Joyeaux Noel paper pad...I love the subtle shades and patterns in this pad...I bought it from Bunny Zoe's Crafts but its out of stock atm...I finished with some lush holly twill ribbon from Kars and a couple of pearls...the lush sketch is from Chocolate, Coffee & Cards challenge and I'm also entering it for the City Crafter challenge, A & T Emerald Faeries challenge and the Party Time Tuesday challenge too...I'm having a craft day today as theres loads of stuff I need to catch up on and any excuse not to think about Christmas presents for a while lol...whatever your up to today have a fantastic one
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - antique linen
outfit - barn door, peeled paint antique linen
rob - barn door, frayed burlap, pumice stone
branch - frayed burlap

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

isnt technology brilliant...

Good morning everyone...I hope your all well and having a brilliant week...isn't technology brilliant, well it is when you remember to press the publish button instead of the save lol...well duh how daft am I, I was shattered last night and decided to do my post to have a lie in this my sleepy state though I did a little boo boo and forget to press the publish button to schedule it...see its not technology at fault, its the idiot using it lol...Phil came home early yesterday and made pies and loads of them so we had the family for dinner last night, brilliant night and yummy Phil certainly knows how to bake and makes the best pastry ever, so light and crumbly...yum its his fault I was so full and sleepy last night, well that's my excuse and I'm sticking too it...did I tell you we bought a wreath for the front door at the weekend...Phil fell for a jingle bells wreath in red and white...its a circle of very tinkly bells with a huge red bow...our Daughter says its annoying but we love it and it will jingle every time the door opens...I haven't made any decorations yet so I better get my finger out hadn't I...have you all finished your Christmas shopping yet?, I haven't even started and I'm dreading buying for Phil he is the hardest to buy for...wouldn't you think how close we are I would know exactly what to get him but nope, not a clue, he isn't into technology (I'm the gadget person in our house), doesn't need any clothes and has all the cooking stuff he any advice gratefully accepted thanks lol...right now my card for today...isn't this little fella just fabulous hes from the latest Sparkle and Shine release at Sugar Nellie...fabulous Christmas digis perfect for Christmas/winter cards...hes called Letter to Santa and I coloured him with distress inks and added a bit of glittery stuff on the snow...I might have gone just a tad over with the distressing though and he ended up looking a little bit dirty instead of distressed edges...oh well we live and learn...the stunning gingham paper is a scrap from my stash so it doesn't have any name on it...I mean to put the names on the back of my scraps but didn't on this one...I added some plain red cardstock for an accent and finished with a fab bow and a few scattered sentiment stickers from the Bo Bunny Father Christmas stickers sheet...I cant for the life of me remember where the sketch is from (I think my memory is draining out of my ear the last 24 hours lol) but Im entering it for the Crafty Creations challenge, and the Allsorts challenge too....Im off out with my lovely Dad today for a little mooch and hopefully to find some ideas for Phil for Christmas...whatever your up to today have a brilliant memory lapse free day everyone
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
haor - frayed burlap
jeans - pumice stone
sweater and scarf - crushed olive, barn door
shoes - frayed burlap
dog - frayed burlap, barn door
lamp - frayed burlap, scattered straw
shading on snow - pumice stone

Monday, November 26, 2012

theres no accounting for taste...

Good morning everyone well did you have a fabulous weekend...we went out for a little run with my Dad yesterday, he seemed not too bad but you can never tell can you, its so hard for must be because its hard for us Sisters...oh well we have a few weeks before the anniversary of my Mums passing and he is going away so he isn't home for the day so that's a relief, not that he wont be with me but that he wont be in the house where it weird thing yesterday we were walking through Town and there was a girl there with a pair of multicoloured huge trousers with strange, we were kinda hoping for her sake the circus was in Town, but its not though lol...some people sense of style is so strange isn't it but then I guess if we all dressed the same life would be pretty dull...speaking of dress I still haven't found anything for Phil's works Christmas party but decided to go with your advice and wear trousers and a top, smart but not too dressy...I will come back and tell you all off though if everyone has their long sparkly dresses on lol...right now onto my card for today...I decided to go CAS, yes I know shock horror me without my precious papers is such a shock isn't it lol...the fabulous Saturated Canary image was a freebie a little while back shes called Princess Rose Red, shes beautiful isn't she...I coloured her with distress inks, glittered her dress trim up and the background for her and the sentiment are from a Combo Sticker sheet by Bo Bunny's Father Christmas collection...I finished with a beautiful red satin bow from my stash...I really enjoyed making this cas card, I think its all the white but it really makes the coloured image pop of the page doesn't it...I'm entering this for the Crazy 4 Challenges challenge, Glitter n Sparkle challenge and the Challenges 4 Everybody challenge too...I'm going to have a sort out of our Christmas stuff today because I saw my first Christmas tree in a neighbours window yesterday evening and that means next weekend ours will go up....wwwwooohhhhooooo cant wait...whatever your up to today I hope you all stay safe and warm
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - antique linen
eyes - crushed olive
lips - barn door
dress - antique linen, crushed olive

Sunday, November 25, 2012

my baubles...

Good morning everyone did you have a fab day yesterday? and an even better one planned for today I hope...we went to the craft and antiques fair yesterday and walking in was like a massive hit of instant was all the smells of the handmade candles and spiced buns and cakes and the sights of the wonderfully made wreaths and Christmas ornaments and there was Christmas carols playing was wonderful and Phil was in his element and loved every second of it, he chatted away with the stall holders and was asking all about how they made the ornaments and wreaths etc...we bought some amazing glittered cupcakes and a couple of small ornaments for our tree (which we still don't have lol)...and there was someone selling revamped furniture and I was so so tempted to buy four retro chairs that were painted duck egg blue with some really funky sixties style fabric for the pads, they were so lush but no matter how hard I tried I could figure out where to use them where they would be shown off, we have six off white ladderback dining chairs so couldn't use them for the dining table and they deserved more than to be stuck in bedrooms so I talking of ornaments I'm quite embarrassed to show you my first attempts above, mind remember they are prototypes and hopefully the real things will get better...well I hope they will

right now for my card for today using this super cute little stamp from Marianne Designs...shes called Daisy Autumn I coloured her with distress inks and paper pieced her gorgeous little coat... I think she works great for a Christmas card don't you especially with these lush papers from the Glitz 6x6" Paper Pack - Joyeux Noel pack...I also used a sentiment stamp from the Kaisercraft Clear Stamps - Twig & Berry Postmarks set, this is a fabulous set for all your Christmas cards and even for the sentiment inside...everything except the fabulous green satin ribbon is from Bunny Zoe's Crafts

the fab sketch is from the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge and Im also entering it for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge and the Gem of a Challenge...we are heading out today I don't know where yet but we have to get my Dad out of the house and his mind distracted from the fact it would have been my Mums Birthday today...of course a bit of spoiling and a couple of hugs are in order for him too...whatever your up to today have fun
Mina xxx
distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - frayed burlap
dress - barn door
boots - frayed burlap
umbrella - barn door, peeled paint
leaves and shading - painted paint, antique linen

Saturday, November 24, 2012

we have light...

Good morning everyone have you anything fabulous planned for today?...I didn't go out at all yesterday finished what I needed too and then had to wait in for an electrician to come to mend a couple of switches and the front porch light that refused to work no matter what we did...but we finally have light and visitors after dark don't have to grope their way around lol...then my lovely Dad was down for dinner so not a quiet day but a one where things got done...oh btw a few of you have asked about how my smoking is going, well I'm still not nearly three weeks now I didnt think that would ever happen...mind there as been a few temper tantrums and days I thought of chasing after people walking past smoking to mug them for it lol, but I resisted and poor Phil is getting used to me snapping his head off bless him but hopefully that will pass, sooner better than later would be better though for Phil's sake...right now onto my card for amazing is this beautiful image from Mo's Digital Pencil, perfectly Christmassy isn't it...its called Taste of Winter and I coloured her with distress inks...the amazing papers are more from the Echo Park - Winter Wishes paper pad from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...I finished with a lush ribbon and bow and a punched glitter snowflake...the fabulous sketch is from Simon Says Stamp challenge and I'm also entering it for the Bearly-Mine challenge and the Fussy & Fancy Friday challenge too...we are heading to a Christmas Craft and antiques fair this morning then out to lunch and meeting my Dad a bit later to get him a new tv for his kitchen and put an aerial up for a busy day ahead I think and maybe buying something pretty and lush from the fair, you never know do you...whatever your up to today I hope its a wonderful one
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - frayed burlap
shading on fur - pumice stone
stars, gloves and shoes - pine needles
scarf - pine needles, bundled sage
suit - milled lavender
shading on snow and sledge - stormy sky

Friday, November 23, 2012

and now for something a bit different...

Good morning everyone and a Happy Thanksgiving for yesterday to our American cousins...I got a bit confused this week as I always thought Thanksgiving was on the 25th November but apparently its the fourth Thursday in November, now I never knew that, I love it when I learn something new every day don't lovely Dad is back from Belfast and looking brilliant, hes going back again in a couple of weeks and then again for goodness that man gets about lol...hes a bit more cheerful than he was before but then he wasn't at home if you know what I mean...home is always harder without the people you love who have gone isn't I'm hoping we can take his mind off the anniversaries while hes here and between visits to Belfast...we had to have some 'put the world to rights coffee' of course, I love those chats with my Dad over a pot of Lady Grey and a cheese scone (although the cheese scone was hot and gave me indigestion lol)...I always feel so lucky to share those times with my Dad...I was quite shocked yesterday though as I had to teach a woman in front of me how to get coffee???...its not complicated you know put your cup underneath and press the thank you though all she said was you must spend a lot of time in here...I do mind lol but I wouldn't need too to know how to work a button now would I its not rocket science after all...right now onto my card for today which is a little out of my normal comfort zone but it does you good now and again to get outside it...the stamp is from Just Inklined and is from a Christmas stamp set called Holly Ribbon Chapel...its a fabulous set and I love this holly and ribbon banner and the cute sprig don't you...I coloured them with distress inks and used three layers to raise it up a bit...oh and of course I had to use some glitter on the ribbon of course...the lush paper is from Teresa Collins Designs Christmas cottage collection and is called Tiny Flowers, the stripe is the reverse...I finished with a stamped sentiment on a kraft luggage tag...the sketch I made up as I went along and I'm entering it for the Delightful Sketches Challenge, Crafty Creations Challenge and the Try It On Tuesday challenge...I'm going to do a bit of emptying of the last of the boxes today, yes I know its terrible we still have a few but we wont have by this evening...I need to get them done before we get all the Christmas decorations etc out next weekend...whatever your up to today have a brilliant one and I hope wherever you are you aren't affected by the terrible weather and stay safe
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
leaves and holly - mix of shabby shutter, peeled paint, crushed olive
berries - barn door
ribbon shading - antique linen

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Santa will be pleased...

Good morning everyone I hope your all well and happy...I had every intention of getting ready early and heading into town but the best laid plans and all that...I got caught up with chores and doing a bit of surfing and tidying and before I knew it was 1pm so I headed for the shower and got dressed with the war paint on then Phil rang to say he was coming home early and did I need to go to the instead of my Christmas present shopping and mooch around the shops I ended up grocery shopping...exciting eh lol...oh well we did get something nice for dinner and had a little look around the supermarket and bought loads of Christmas food goodies (just to try out of course lol) fact we only went for bread and a couple of essentials and I ended up spending £30, that will teach me to go to the supermarket with a hungry man in tow wont it, its amazing what jumps into your trolley when you aren't looking...right now onto my card for today how stunningly beautiful is this Kenny K beauty...Santa will be pleased to find her waiting for him beside his sleigh wont he lol, she is called On Vixen I coloured her with distress inks and teamed her up with this amazing double sided paper from My Minds Eye Holly Jolly Collection...its called Candy Canes and is brilliant for this beauty isn't it...I finished with a stamped sentiment, I used part of the name band of the paper to stamp on and added some beautiful flowers, I cant remember what these are called but I know I bought them at Bunny Zoe's Crafts just before last Christmas...the fab sketch is from Mojo Monday I love their sketches don't you, they always make me think about the design of the card, I'm also entering it for the Party Time Tuesdays challenge and Heart 2 Heart challenges lovely Dad is back from Belfast today, I was texting my Sister yesterday and she said he had a fabulous weekend and has enjoyed his visit so I hope he is rested and happy...these coming weeks are very difficult for him, my Mums Birthday would have been the 25th and the anniversary of her passing is the 13th December...its a hard time for all of us but of course especially him, my heart goes out to him and I feel his pain...I'm sure we will be heading out for put the world to rights coffee so watch the headlines lol...whatever your up to today have a fabulous one
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used 
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - pumice stone
dress, boots and ears - antique linen, frayed burlap
lips and jingle band - barn door
eyes - stormy sky

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Peace & Quiet....

Good morning everyone hows your week going?...well I hope...well I finally got a day of peace and quiet and I even got some tree ornaments made...I was quite chuffed with them and when Phil came in from work if I'm in my craftroom he brings us up tea and choccy biscuits and sits on my sofa chatting while I finish off what I'm he came up with the supplies and I proudly showed him what I had made...well to say he wasn't that impressed is putting it mildly lol...nice he says but we just need about 50 more I hope you realise...groan I think I will pay a visit to the shops tomorrow and buy some lol...I will take a photo of them mind they were just practise ones so be kind when you see them...there was no more annoying callers at the door today at least but I did get an Ikea catalogue in the post which distracted me a bit...well a lot actually...I seriously think I could do a whole house from Ikea, in fact this one is getting that way very quickly...I'm in need of a visit I think, well I do have to get some gift vouchers for my married Nieces Christmas gifts so that's a good excuse isn't it, well its my excuse and I'm sticking to it lol...right now onto my card for today which is using this amazing image from Crafts and Me...its by Hannah Lynn and is called Wynndy...I coloured her with distress inks and instead of glittering her tail and flowers I found a clear glitter Sakura pen the other day while rummaging so used that instead but I don't think it shows us glittery enough on photos so will stick to my glitter glue, what do you think?...I matched her up with these stunningly beautiful papers from the Prima 6x6" Paper Pad - Romance Novel I bought from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...gorgeous isn't it...the sentiment is cut from another sheet from the same pad and I finished with a gorgeous glittery ribbon bow and a couple of pearl headed pins...the fab sketch is from The Sweet Stop challenge and Im also entering it for the Papertake Weekly challenge and the Artistic Inspirations challenge too...Im going to get some war paint on and head out for Christmas gift shopping lovely Dad isn't back from Belfast yet but sometime a mooch by yourself is called for isn't it...I might even treat myself to some lunch you never know lol...whatever your up today whatever it is I hope you have fun
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - antique linen
pal leaves & eyes - Marvy green pen
flowers - victorian velvet, peeled paint
dress - antique linen, victorian velvet, peeled paint
sky - stormy sky

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

conspiracy theory...

Good morning everyone are you all having a brilliant week?...I did nothing yesterday and I don't mean a little bit I mean absolutely nothing at all...I did a bit of surfing on Pinterest which is fatal because I ended up with a pen and paper for writing ideas and three hours of looking...little wonder I didnt get around to it got to about 2pm and I thought right girl get your butt in gear and got all prepared to get started making decorations and doing a bit of crafting then the doorbell...just somebody doing marketing so a quick escape...back upstairs and the door bell rang...down again and this time the electricity guy to read the metre (ooooohhhhh goody an electricity bill before Christmas just what you need lol) a bit of nattering to the nice friendly leccy guy and back upstairs to the craft room again...settled down again and the door bell went again...I ambled downstairs muttering something like 'this is a bloody conspiracy' to be faced with another marketing person from the same company as the a few choice words with him including the words 'get your companies act together and your kidding right' then the ideas and inclination has gone so I settled for some tv, a cup of Lady Grey and a chocolate that was my day...but at least I got a bit of exercise up and down the stairs lol...but my creative mind is working overtime now so it will get done today...well barring any random door bell ringers anyway lol...right now onto my card for today which is using one of my all time favourite Sugar Nellie releases this is the stunning Rebecca from the Simply Adorables collection...I only printed her head to use and coloured her with distress inks...Im not sure I got her skin tones right though she looks a bit streaky to me...I teamed her up with some more of the super lush Bazzill Basics 6x6" Multipack - Believe pack I bought from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...I finished with a huge organza bow and a sentiment stamped from the Personal Impressions Warm Winter Wishes stamp set from Funky Kits set behind a metal framed from Tim Holtz...the lush sketch is from The Sugar Bowl and I'm entering it for the The Crafty Pad Challenge, Stamping Sensations challenge and the One Stitch At a Time challenge too...right I have my crafting head on now and I'm not answering the door or phone for a while...whatever your up to today I hope its a peaceful one
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
eyes - tumbled glass
hair - antique linen, frayed burlap
dress and button - pumice stone
coat - barn door

Monday, November 19, 2012

Joy to the world...

Good morning everyone I hope you had a brilliant weekend...poor Phil had to work until 2pmso we didn't go far, we did head into town and Phil bought more Christmas decorations and wanted to spend a fortune on more but I said for him to wait until I see what I'm making first...I'm going to have to reign him in or we will be coming down with decorations and we still don't have a tree for the kitchen yet lol...but he did buy me a late lunch while we were in town at a local deli/coffee shop and delicious it was too...we then spent about 40 minuets in one of the book shops in Town, I love a good mooch in a book shop don't you...all the shops are looking really festive was dark when we left and the whole place was sparkling and twinkling away and they were putting the towns Christmas lights up ready for switching on which must be soon...ooohhhhhh I'm so loving Christmas this year I bet you would have never guessed lol...right now onto my card for today...this fantastic Christmas rose image is from The Best of Just Inklined 2012 CD rom from Just Inklined...isn't it just so pretty and perfect for decoupaging, which is what I did with it, I printed three and cut them out and layered them up adding a sentiment with word art to finish it off...I coloured the rose with distress inks and teamed it up with this lush lush double sided paper from Echo Park's Merry Christmas range, this is called Christmas Carol...the music side is fabulous isn't it...the little Merry Christmas tag sentiment is cut from the paper info strip, we crafters waste nothing at all do we lol...I finished my card with some pretty white lace, a lush ribbon and a couple of buttons...the fab sketch is from the Emerald Faeries challenge and I'm also entering it for the Craft Us Crazy challenge and Challenges 4 Everybody challenge too...I better have a day in my craft room today and get started on designing and making some decorations like I promised Phil I would, I don't want him having a relapse and raiding another shop for them do I lol...I love how much hes looking forward to it...whatever your up to today have a lovely day and watch out for those tempting little decorations they are everywhere lol
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
flowers - antique linen, shabby shutters
leaves - crushed olive, peeled paint

Sunday, November 18, 2012

a cherub in blue...

Good morning everyone did you have a brilliant day yesterday?...well I didn't find any photo frames at the car boot sale but did buy some lush yummy homemade jam, Blackcurrant and Plum.....mmmmmmmmmmmm cant wait to try it with scones and cream...we did find a stunning vintage scrolled silver jewellery box which my Daughter just fell in love with, it was only £14 but it was a boot sale and a little bartering is called for isn't it, so I managed to get him down to an amazing £9, I would have probably got it for less but my Daughter wanted it so much she grabbed it at £9 and almost run away with it lol...a few of you admired the red teapot in the photo with the robins the other day, its actually tin and I got that at a boot sale in fact the pots with it too, they were the astounding price of 50p each (I didn't bother bartering that price lol)...we then met up with Phil who was finished work a little earlier than expected and went for lunch...I love days out with our Daughter and her other half like this, we should really do it more often but its hard fitting around everyones I don't have a schedule and just go with the flow, plus I'm always ready for lunch out...right now onto my card for today which is using this amazing Mo's Digital Pencil image, isn't he just the most adorable little cherub, hes called Rafe and I coloured him with distress inks and paper pieced the bauble with this stunning double sided paper from the Echo Park Wintertime collection its called make the bauble look more 3d I distressed the edges with Pumice Stone distress inks, I think it makes it look rounder don't you think...I finished with some beautiful blue satin ribbon and a few pearls...the lush sketch is from the Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge and I'm also entering it for the Charisma Cardz challenge, Crafty Catz Challenge and the Paper Crafting Journey challenge too...Phil's at work again this morning bless him, will this audit never end and although he says we should go out this afternoon I think he should relax for the afternoon hes needs a day of R & R hes been working so hard lately...whatever your up to today have a fantastic relaxing one
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - antique linen
bauble top - stormy sky
bauble paper piecing shading - pumice stone

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I so want that dress...

Good morning everyone are you having a fab weekend...anything nice planned?...we had loads of plans for this weekend we were going out to lunch then off to Belfast to the Christmas market opening then a visit with my Sister and her lovely family, all shot down in flames though as Phil's place have a massive audit starting on Monday and he has to work this weekend now...oh well it cant be helped can it so instead I'm off to a car boot sale with our beautiful Daughter and her other half never know what bargains you will pick up do you, I'm looking for some picture frames, different sizes and shapes, I have a feature for my hall wall in mind, I will show you if it works out...for the first time in a long long time I'm going to Phil's office works Christmas night out and I'm so so nervous, not about meeting everyone, I'm a friendly person I think and get on with most people, its what to I dress up because I'm always nervous I go overboard or do I go with trousers , high heeled boots and a nice top....aaaaarrrrgggghhhhh help...I asked Phil to ask some of the girls in the office what they were wearing but he refused saying he isn't going around asking everyone what they are wearing for it...I maintain they will know exactly why I'm asking don't you think so?...I can kinda see his point though, might come over just a tad creepy the dress this little beauty is wearing would be so wonderful to wear wouldn't it, so festive and feminine...although I don't have her legs lol...this is the beautiful Kraftin' Kimmie - Lola Lollipop and shes on sale for this weekend...all Kraftin' Kimmie and Magnolia stamps are a massive 20% off and there's a huge 15% off everything else across the whole store for this weekend at Bunny Zoe's Crafts so hop on over and pick up a massive bargain or two...I coloured Lola with distress inks and paper pieced her dress and bow with the same lush papers I used for the background and the cut out sentiment...they are from the Bazzill Basics 6x6" Multipack - Believe...I finished my card with some fabulous aged gingham ribbon, a piece of lace and a button to mimic her lollipop...the lush sketch is from Mojo Monday and I'm also entering it for the Lady Anne's Challenge and the Craft Punked challenge too...right I'm off to wrap up warm, I have a feeling I will need it at the car boot sale...whatever your up to today I hope you will be warm and cosy
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - frayed burlap
lollipop - frayed burlap, barn door
dress shading - pumice stone
tights - pumice stone, frayed burlap
shoes - barn door

Friday, November 16, 2012

look what we adopted...

Good morning everyone sorry I'm so late, I decided to wait until this morning to photograph my card and duh wouldn't you know it my batteries are completely plan B and I decided to show you what I bought instead or should that be know how excited we have been about spending our first Christmas in our new house and together well we decided to put up two trees instead of one (told you we are like a couple of kids in a sweet shop lol) we have been hunting for traditional tree decorations for our 'kitchen tree' and found these amazing robins being made by my friend Naomi, aren't they just stunning, they are felted and so beautifully made too...would you believe these are only £2.50 each (I paid for these they werent freebies I promise you), we were looking at some felt ornaments at the weekend and they were £5-7.50 each and not as gorgeous as these, I must admit (slapped wrists Mina) I thought at that price they would look homemade or be tiny but I hang my head in shame for thinking that, they are so professional and a brilliant size and how well do they match our kitchen too... so we have our first ornaments for our kitchen tree, we just need about 30 more I reckon lol...hurry up Naomi and make something else...I'm going to make some rustic ornaments myself so watch this the meantime you can see what Naomi has's the direct link to the Robins too...right I will be back a bit later when my camera is all go so speak to you then
Mina xxx

Thursday, November 15, 2012

a gift...

Good morning everyone I hope your all well and having a fantastic week...poor Phils sniffles have turned into a full blown cold but he still trooped off to work this morning bless not do too much waffling this morning as today is our Mo's Digital Pencil Dreamteams monthly blog hop and of course your chance to win one of two $5 store credits for Mo's Digital Pencil just for leaving if you arrived here from the fantastic
your on the right track...if not and you want to join in the hop pop on over to our KERTTU'S blog to start at the beginning

Kerttu's choice of theme this month was to make a card with a gift inside...hhhmmmmm well I thought and thought and finally came up with this contraption...its kinda a card but more a tube of card...its two sheets of card with a slight bow in them to make a hollow in the middle for the beautiful necklace gift in the middle...I chose the stunning Winter Window digi and used one of the images from one of my all time favourite sets, the Ragged Carolers, I love these beautiful three images dont you..I coloured them with distress inks and glittered the snow and ice...well its Christmas and you have to have a bit of glitter dont you...I also cut the windows out so you could see the necklace gift hanging

the stunning Christmas papers and sentiment tag are from the Kaisercraft - Turtle Dove 6.5"x6.5" Paper Pad from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...gorgeously vintage and traditional arent they...I finished with a beautiful ribbon bow and a flower from my stash...the next stop on the hop is the fabulous
who is sure to have something fantastic to show you...enjoy the hop and dont forget to leave comments on our wonderful teams blogs...Im entering this for the Whimsy Stamps challenge, Divas By Design challenge and the Nutcrafters challenge too...whatever your up to today have a good one and enjoy the rest of the hop
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - frayed burlap
coat - frayed burlap, antique linen,
muff & underskirt - antique linen
coat and boots - frayed burlap
dress and patches - peeled paint, antique linen
tights and scarf/wrap - Iced spruce
bricks and windows - mix of fired brick and frayed burlap

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

they dont have to be red...

Good morning everyone I hope your all well...poor Phil has the sniffles bless him, of course hes blaming me even though mine was the weekend before last just how long does he think I was contagious, it sounds more like an allergy to me than a cold, it could have had something to do with the super spicy salsa he had with his dinner last night you know Dad enjoyed his dinner and the bit of banter that went with it of course and I think he was a lot happier when he left...we had a little jaunt out as well and did a little shopping and some put the world to rights coffee yesterday afternoon...I think he may have figured out how to get world peace in the space of drinking one cup lol...hes off to my Sister's in Belfast at the weekend which will do him a lot of good and get him away from home for a few days...I hope he comes back refreshed and after spending a couple of days with his youngest grand kids he should have a huge smile on his face...fingers crossed...btw did you check out the winners of my candy I posted last night...I hate drawing winners you know not that I don't like people to win I just hate the thought that others don't, I was the same as a child I couldn't have one teddy or doll in bed I had to have them all because I couldn't bear them being left out, my Mum would come in the night and clear some of them away in case there wasn't room for me lol...right now onto my card for today which is for our new challenge at Crafts & Me Challenge...this time is our lovely Mona's choice and she chose Nontraditional Christmas you couldn't get any less traditional than the mix I chose could you, I chose to use this stunning Sara Burrier image from Crafts and Me for my card...she is called Lady Of Amethyst isn't she just beautiful...I coloured her very softly (maybe a little too softly) with distress inks and the amazingly coloured paper is a scrap by Rayher's Classic Collection and is called Multi Stripes...I recycled a flower into some holly leaves and used loads of coloured pearls for the berries (see they don't have to be red do they)...the fab sketch is from Sketch N Stash challenge (my stash was the long forgotten half sheet of paper), I'm also entering it for the Artistic Inspirations challenge and the Crafty Sentiments challenge too...I'm gonna have a chilling day today I think with maybe a bit of cooking and crafting thrown in, I'm gonna make seafood pasta one of Phil's favourites, that should make him forget his sniffles I hope...whatever your up to today have a brilliant one and don't forget to check out the winners post below just in case
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - pumice stone
dress - stormy sky
cuffs and headress - victorian velvet, scattered straw, seedles preserve
wings - stormy sky - seedles preserve
trim on dress and bells - seedless preserve

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

winners, winners, winners and more winners....

Hi everyone its that took a long time to use the random number thingy but I finally have the winners of my mega candy
so drum roll please
we will take it in the order the prizes were posted

No 145  - JO L - claimed

the five winners of the $5 stored credits for
94 - CARLO SUTO - Claimed 
115 - KARINA
85 - VIXX
55 - ERET  - claimed
113 - MAU - claimed

the two winners of the 2 x 4 rubber stamps from
20 - SINNIKA- claimed
27 - PAMELA - claimed

the winner of the fab
CRAFTS & ME stamps
61 - SEAFIELD JO  - claimed

and finally the winner of my candy is
120 -  MARGREET - claimed

Huge massive congratulations to all my winners...could you please email me and I will give you all the details of your win...could you please put the name of what you won in the subject so it doesn't get mixed up with spam...don't worry if you didn't win this time around...there will be more candy very soon...enjoy the rest of your night
Mina xxx

whats one of them?.....

Good morning everyone I hope your all well and having a great week...I seem to have developed a cough, I have never had a smokers cough but apparently when you give up its normal to get a bad cough its your body's way of clearing itself so I'm quite happy to cough away...I have been gobsmacked at how much my sense of smell has changed and I have managed to stay away from sweet stuff, well so far anyway lovely Dad isn't too well, hes a bit down but its the time of the year I'm afraid, the anniversary of my Mums death is coming up and he always gets a little down and quiet...we usually get around it by keeping him busy and out of the house as much as possible so I'm taking him out for lunch today then cooking dinner for him...I hate it when hes down it makes me feel so helpless and just feel like hugging him all the time...I think he would get a bit freaked out if I did that mind lol...Phil came home early today and sat in my craft room with me chatting away while I was colouring, he did go very quiet though and I turned round from my desk and he was I that boring lol...right now onto my card for today which is using this super cutie stamp  from Sugar Nellie...shes by Diane Duba and is on offer for £2.99 atm, bargain eh?...shes called Believe...I coloured her with distress inks and used these amazing papers from Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly collection, the fabulous patterned one is called Smitten Mitten and the image backing and sentiment are from the same range but a sheet of tags this time (what exactly is a Snow Bunny btw lol)...I finished my card with a lush creamy coloured stitched ribbon and bow from my stash...the fab sketch is from Sketch Saturday and I'm also entering it for The Ribbon Girl November challenge and the Glitter n Sparkle challenge too...right I'm off to get my war paint on for going out with my Dad, got to look my best for him haven't I and I'm sure he would tell me if I wasn't lol...whatever your up to today have a fab one and enjoy your lunch
Mina xxx
p.s. I will be back a bit later with all the winners from my candy 

distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - pumice stone
eyes - stormy sky
lips, spots on dress & shoes - fired earth
dress and leggings- victorian velvet, pine needles
crowns and wand- scattered straw
cat - antique linen, victorian velvet, black soot

Monday, November 12, 2012



Good morning everyone did you have a fab weekend, ours was very quiet but nice, I couldn't get any of the family to come out and play this weekend though it was freezing here and nobody wanted to venture outdoors...I think my lovely Dad was hibernating lol...even the temptation of a meal last evening couldn't get any of them to move...we did get loads done yesterday in the the house though...nothing massive but loads of those little annoying niggly jobs that you put off until you have too...there was a terrible draught downstairs and Phil put some fitted excluder on the front door and I sorted out a couple of bits of skirting that needed a gap filled, we did a bit of painting and sorted out the spare room getting rid of all the unwanted furniture and rubbish, so a productive day and we even managed a coffee out too...amazing what I can find to do when I want to fill time out so I don't have to think about smoking...thank you all so much for backing me with my giving up...I'm still going strong so far, my fingers and toes are firmly crossed you should see me hobbling about lol...right now onto my card for today which is for our new challenge over at Bunny Zoe's Crafts
this month it was our lovely Tracy's turn to choose and she picked the theme of Winter, perfect excuse to make a Christmas card with a frosty feel to it isn't it...I chose this gorgeously cute High Hopes - Penguin Friends stamp for my card coloured with distress inks and paper pieced with some lush Echo Park - Winter Wishes papers, the fabulous sentiment is cut from the pad's front cover. see we crafters waste nothing do we lol...I finished with some beautiful Marianne D Vintage Lace - Duchesse and a few punched snowflakes glittered with Stickles Glitter Glue - Crystal everything I used is from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...the sketch I made up as I went along and I'm entering this for the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long challenge, Joanna Sheen Challenge and the Charisma Cardz Challenge too...I'm staying in today and making tacos for dinner and doing a little bit of catch up crafting...oooohhhhh I feel in need of some colouring...whatever your up to today have a brilliant one and I hope you manage a bit of crafting too
Mina xxx

distress ink colours used
penguins - pumice stone, spun sugar, barn door, black soot
heart - seedless preserve
shaing on paper piecing - pumice stone

Sunday, November 11, 2012


A quick reminder everyone you still have until tomorrow night at midnight (GMT) to join in with my if you havent already click HERE to join in...theres 10 prizes to be won so go on, you know you want too lol...enjoy the rest of your night and I will speak to you all tomorrow
Mina xxx
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